The Trinamool Congress (TMC) party has made Babul Supriyo its national president said sources in the party. Babul Supriyo was earlier a part of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and had come to TMC's fold only after the election.
Supriyo, the former union minister, took to Twitter to thank the party supremo for giving him the new responsibility.
"My sincere gratitude to Hon'ble Didi @MamataOfficial & @abhishekaitc for appointing/including me in the illustrious Team of National Spokespersons of @AITCofficial. Shall do my very best to live up to the responsibility entrusted upon me," he tweeted.
A senior TMC leader said Supriyo's appointment as a national spokesperson was a part of the strategy devised by the party to expand its base outside Bengal.
"He is a well-known face across the country, both as a singer and a politician. So he can help us place our views and policies on the national stage," the TMC leader said.
Supriyo, a former BJP MP, was dropped from the Union ministry last year, following which he switched over to the TMC. He gave up his Asansol Lok Sabha seat, which he had bagged on BJP tickets twice.
The singer-turned-politician was then nominated by the ruling TMC for the Ballygunge assembly bypoll in April this year, and he managed to clinch the seat by a comfortable margin.