28 September, 2020

There's No One At The Party

There's No One At The Party
Is the strain finally beginning to show? Last week, when Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee organised a rally to protest the hike in fuel and LPG prices, she looked tired, a tad worried and—despite a light shawl over her trademark crumpled cotton sari—a little thinner than usual. In short, a shadow of her former firebrand self. The woman who could at one time draw lakhs of people to public meetings at short notice had just a crowd of under 3,000 to work on.

And it isn’t just the crowds, and Mamatadi, that are thinning. The Trinamool rank and file are also deserting her. A month before the Lok Sabha polls, former confidant and MP Sudip Bandopadhyay quit the party. Last month, former MP Nitish Sengupta walked out too. Many more are waiting at the door—Sudip’s MLA-wife Nayana Bandopadhyay, important party functionaries Shibdas Mukherjee and Tarun Adhikari. "If it weren’t for the anti-defection law, many more people would have quit," says TC MLA Nirbed Ray. "We would have...



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