Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata
Banerjee`s nephew Abhishek Banerjee, who heads the All India
Trinamool Yuva on Monday denied suggestions that the newly formed
national platform for youths followed Congress leader Rahul
Gandhi`s example to woo youths.
``There should not be any comparison. Everyone has
separate identity,`` Banerjee told reporters who asked him if
he was emulating Rahul Gandhi in his membership drive for the
He said the Yuva would soon launch a membership drive to
rope in youngsters across the state and hold monthly workshops
to motivate and inspire members to join politics.
The Yuva was launched at a Trinamool Congress rally at
the Brigade Parade Grounds on July 21.
Banerjee said a central advisory board of the Yuva was
going to be formed and it will be headed by Mamata Banerjee.
Its other members would include Railway Minister Dinesh
Trivedi, state finance minister Amit Mitra, industry minister
Partha Chatterjee, quiz master and party`s new Rajya Sabha
member Derek O`Brien, technocrat Sam Pitroda, actor Farhan
Akhtar and tennis player Leander Paes, he said.
Party insiders say the new outfit would give Abhishek,
the son of Mamata’s brother Amit, a platform without
disturbing the party’s organisational structure.
The Trinamool Yuva will admit only those in the 21-40 age
group, he said. In contrast, both the Trinamool Youth Congress
and Trinamool Chhatra Parishad have no age limits.
Abhishek, who has done an MBA, was part of Mamata?s cyber
team for the Assembly polls.