Mamata Banerjee does ‘khela’: Will she be the force to stop BJP in 2024?

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s election campaign rally for the assembly elections, at Jotram in Bardhaman district on April 9, 2021.

Highlight

  • Trinamool supremo has emerged as the axis of opposition against BJP
  • Didi is projecting herself as the ‘Chief Leader of the Opposition and a possible PM candidate for 2024’
  • She has been constantly engaging with the BJP on various issues.

May 2, 2021 – The day when the results of the West Bengal Assembly elections were declared. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) won the assembly elections with 213 out of 292 seats, while the main rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got 77 seats. ‘Khela’ happened for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. It was one woman against a battalion of top leaders, literally.

Mamata Banerjee and the BJP-led NDA government at the Center have always shared a sweet and sour (more sour) equation. While the CM has always accused the Center of being step-motherly towards his state, the Narendra Modi government has complained of Mamata Banerjee’s stubborn worker-like attitude in dealing with things.

Bengal elections

West Bengal assembly election appeared as a battle of ego rather than a contest on agenda like development, employment, violence etc. While wheelchair-bound Mamata Banerjee left no stone unturned in campaigning, the BJP ensured that all its veteran leaders visit the state. Including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The elections saw not only war-fights between the leaders, but also violent clashes between the two parties, leading to the death of many people in the election-related violence.

However, the election winning machinery of the BJP, which looked invincible with many of the CM’s allies under its umbrella, could not stop a force called Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal. Before the elections, Mamata got the TMC almost twice the number of seats in the BJP despite losing some of her trusted allies like Suvendu Adhikari to the BJP.

His constant tussle with the BJP on various issues – allocation of Covid vaccination doses, getting central funds on cyclone etc. kept news writers busy during the year.

Mamta’s eyes 2024

Mamta has been a bitter critic of the BJP from the very beginning. The Trinamool supremo has also emerged as the axis of opposition against the BJP at the national level. Her recent visit to the national capital and her call for a ‘united opposition’ only proves that she is projecting herself as the “main leader of the opposition and a possible prime ministerial candidate for election 2024”.

A comfortable victory in the Bhawanipore assembly by-election has forced her to enter Goa politics, where she aims to make the TMC an alternative against the BJP and Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party, a weak Congress. With a motto – to stop the BJP at any cost – Mamata has made sure that she will not let anyone win the battle without a tough fight.

To do this, Didi understands the importance of strengthening the organization at the grassroots level. A requirement that the saffron party fulfills and wears on its sleeve. As a part of the exercise to strengthen the party, the CM has roped in several high-profile leaders in Uttar Pradesh and other northeastern states.

KMC election result confirms Mamata’s strength

The recently concluded Kolkata Municipal Corporation elections in which the Trinamool emerged as a winner only highlights that the party is simply preventable and so is its boss – Mamata Banerjee. TMC won 134 out of 144 wards.

Will Mamata emerge as the face of a united opposition in 2024? Will his aggressive attitude stop the NDA led BJP from coming to power in 2024? Only time will tell, but it is certain that she will do her best to fight a fierce battle.

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