27 November, 2020

BJP Gains Ground As Lack Of Trust Among Trinamool, Congress, CPM Leaves Bengal On The Boil

An air of suspicion, a history of mistrust and BJP's growing popularity is making Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee increasingly restless

Walk Alone
Mamata Banerjee has a fight on her hands
Photograph by Sandipan Chatterjee
BJP Gains Ground As Lack Of Trust Among Trinamool, Congress, CPM Leaves Bengal On The Boil
outlookindia.com
2019-07-08T16:49:00+05:30

With the budget session on, it was a busy day in the West Bengal state assembly. Amidst the hubbub, signs of a thaw—CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty was cal­led to the chief minister’s chamber, and an hour-long meeting ensued. Other Left MLAs started joking about a bel­eaguered Mamata Banerjee’s new-found interest in the Opposition. Mea­nwhile, Manoj Chakraborty, a Con­gress MLA and former minister in Mamata’s cabinet during 2011-12 but her vocal critic nevertheless, entered the Left MLAs’ room. He started cautioning them, “Don’t trust her. Now that she is in deep trouble, she is app­roaching you with a begging bowl. Once she recovers, she would go for your thr­oats.” Nobody tried to counter him.

Ironically, for all the established parties in West Bengal—the ruling TMC and the Opposition Left and Congress—the rude pretender to power in West Bengal is a sworn enemy. Yet, they are unable to make common cause against the BJP. Mamata’s offer to close ranks against the BJP a few days back...

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