28 September, 2020

Red And White

Mamata's mercurial posturing—which had helped her grow—also proved to be the factor that defined the limits of her growth

Red And White
The post-poll contrast in attitudes was telling. Here was Buddhadev Bhattacharyya, self-consciously waving away hordes of enthusiastic supporters at the Alimuddin Street party office. To newsmen, he outlined his priorities: better work culture and economic development. Finally, he requested the badly-mauled opposition for its cooperation, with no snide remarks against any of its leaders.

And there, Mamata Banerjee surfaced, after sulking for one whole day at her residence. The defeat clearly rankled but it only added to her high-pitched stridency. Instead of self-criticism and humility that would have been in order, newspersons were subjected to another harangue from a bad loser: everybody—the state government, the CPI(m) cadre, the central forces, the election observers, the nda government and the chief election commissioner—had conspired against her party and rigged the election. Ergo, Trinamul mlas would give the CPI(m) "tit for tat" in the state assembly.

The tirade shamed even her alliance partners. Congress leaders dissociated themselves from the...



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