28 November, 2020

‘I’m Not God. Or Phantom. I’m Open To Criticism’

'We have received a mandate from the people) and I won't betray them. No, mid-term polls are not on my agenda'

‘I’m Not God. Or Phantom. I’m Open To Criticism’

It has been a remarkable year for West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Ever since she breached the Left citadel this time last year, she has been leaving an imprint both on state and national politics. At the state level, she has taken decisions that have left her supporters in the middle classes disillusioned, but her hold over the poor and marginalised is believed to be intact as she heads into a critical panchayat election later this year. At the Centre, her stances have completely frustrated the Manmohan Singh regime, of which she is a part. Always threatening an exit, she set the cat among the pigeons again by talking of early polls.

After one year in office, where is the proverbial "paribartan" (change) Bengal was promised?

Change is a continuous process. You cannot assess it with the static yardstick of a limited time frame. When a seed is sown into the ground, you cannot immediately see the plant. You have to be patient. With time, it grows into a large tree. And then the flowers bloom,...



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