Posted by: "R.K kutty"
Of late, a direct confrontation is going on between so called 'fire-brand' West Bengal CM Sushri Mamata Banerjee of the TMC and the Congress' national leadership.
In fact, Congress, by taking Banerjee as a trusted ally in the UPA ,was patently buying trouble for themselves, knowing her past attitude and her intemperate body language. Of course, she is a fighter and her tenacity to fight and dislodge the more than three decades old rule in West Bengal by the Marxists wouldn't been possible without the tacit support of the Congress in command at the centre. In fact, the TMC of Ms Banerjee used the UPA as a vehicle to travel safely and then jettison it once the power at Bengal was won electorally. Despite having serious differences of opinion in seat sharing with the Congress, the alliance sailed through the last West Bengal Assembly Poll in which the defeat of the Leftists was a foregone conclusion. Much had been written about why the Communist Party of India Marxist bought that defeat for them, ever since they started behaving against the UPA and its leadership. Nobody else but only a veteran, die-hard
Communist from Bengal, the former Lok Sabha Speaker Mr. Somnath Chatterjee himself had envisioned that defeat just because of their own illogical jettisoning and then the ultimate withdrawal of the outside support they had extended to the UPA prior to the 2009 general elections. It was that opportunity the TMC of the Mamata Banerjee fully exploited to have her own ways. Once, having notched power in West Bengal, Didi started behaving as if it was her will power and might that she could dislodge the Marxists from their decades long citadel.
Congress, the grand old party of Indian politics, had lived many such unsavory instances in its much chequerred pre-independence as well as post-independence history. Many petty political parties have joined, used and then parted ways like the TMC of Mamata is behaving now. Look at how Lalu Prasad Yadav and Ram Vilas Paswan of the Bihar politics earlier joined the UPA but then when they thought they (Lalu and Paswan) could make a winning combination in Bihar, even if they desert the Congress, the polls in Bihar proved a night-mare for both and they are now so voiceless in and out of Parliament, as only the numbers count there. One think, Sushri Mamata must take some leaf out of the Lalu and Paswan's history books.
The latest statement of Ms Mamata Banerjee that the Congress is allying with the Marxists smacks off her own desperation that everybody knows. Why should the Congress ally with the Marxists, particularly when the Marxists allied with the BJP in the parliament to defeat both the Bills i.e. granting 51% FDI in retail as well as the much talked anti-graft Lokpal Bill. Even Ms. Banerjee too was allying with those groups to defeat the Congress/UPA drafted Bill. Mamata's grudge was against the provision in the Lokpal Bill for having Lokayuktas in the States as well which only the BJP ruled States like Gujarat and Uttarkhand. If Ms Mamata now allege that the Congress is allying with the Marxists, then the Congress too naturally have their apprehension about Mamata's allying with the rightist forces for her own political end. Much irksome is the attitude of certain regional politicians in India like the three Madams in strategic States like U.P. Tamil
Nadu and West Bengal. By having names like Mamata, Maya or Jaya doesn't mean that they all may be as meaningful as their names.