BJP ready to stop Mamata’s juggernaut
Bengal is once again in limelight. As such, Mamata Banerjee’s two terms as the Chief Minister of Bengal have been the subject of discussion all over the country. In 2016 elections, Didi managed to wipe out the opposition in Bengal in a big way. But now, Didi seems to be getting deeper and deeper in the whirlpool BJP has been dragging her to. The defection of her cadres to the BJP is alarming but now her ministers and senior leaders are resigning. This could lead to the abysmal show of her party in the elections. It had started in a trickle, but now it has become a wave. No wonder Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is getting increasingly desperate, unable to find a way to stem the flight of both her ministers and cadres. Reportedly, she has reverted to curbing BJP workers drive for party membership. This invariably leads to violence. Yet hundreds of thousands of TMC members have joined BJP. The number is swelling so fast that at the next state Assembly election the saffron party is expected to do very well. In a state like West Bengal, where the leader was identified with ideology, incidents of leaving the party were rare. Although the Trinamool says that the MLAs and leaders who left the party are ‘traitors’, but opposition parties and political analysts believe the Trinamool has reaped what it sowed. On the other hand, the Left, having lost its moorings, is as bewildered as Didi is now.
Here it is noteworthy that to counter the BJP, Didi is calling the BJP and its leaders “outsiders”. The BJP is imbued with the principles and ideology of Ramkrishna Parmahansa, Sharda Devi and Vivekanand. What is more, Syama Prasad Mookerjee, founder of the BJP (earlier the jan sangh), was from Bengal. So how can Didi describe the BJP as an outsider. PM Narendra Modi himself has admitted that Rabindranath Tagore is his Guru. And when the word “outsider” is used for people of other states of the country, that too by the Chief Minister, there is not only insult to the great cultural heritage of Bengal but also denigration of the Constitution of the country. Such conduct comes to the fore when political selfishness is above national interest. Bengalis worship Matrushkati in the form of Kali and Durga. Worship of the Goddess symbolises the victory of good over evil. But here Mamata is acting in the opposite direction–she is maintaining studied silence on violence, instability and insecurity among the common men. Under her Chief Ministership, thousands of political murders have been committed. Her regime is worse than the three decades of Communist misrule. Literally, Didi has taken all steps to destroy humanity, culture, Ma Mati and Manush in the state. When she took over the reins of Chief Ministership, Bengal was facing unemployment, lower GDP and per capita income. But in the last one decade of her regime, Didi has failed miserably in creating a conducive atmosphere for industrialisation, agricultural growth and infrastructure for rural development in the state. Gone are her popular slogans, her smiles and the strength to counter anti- party activities. BJP’s senior leader Amit Shah recently addressed a massive rally in Midnapore, where he directly attacked Mamata Banerjee. He warned Mamata Banerjee that he had come to Bengal to get her out of the Nabana. Here it is apt to mention that the BJP could make inroads in Didi’s bastion allegedly because of rampant corruption, oppression by party cadres in rural areas and her open bias for the minority community. Having said this, it is noteworthy that now Mamata Banerjee’s one-point agenda is to occupy the Chief Minister’s chair in West Bengal in election next year. Political India knows Mamata to be a law unto herself, and her politics to be irresponsible. But this cannot be a rationalisation for her government to publicly support, and collaborate on the ground with, armed extremism that does not have any compunction in unleashing terror against political opponents as well as civilians. Against this backdrop, the question arises: Can she stage a comeback? The answer to the question is difficult, but the fact that there are no takers of odds in her favour does not augur well for her.
By Deepak Kumar Rath