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Mamata gets woman power to tame opposition

Ravik Bhattacharya, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, November 06, 2012
First Published: 08:09 IST(6/11/2012) | Last Updated: 12:28 IST(6/11/2012)

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has formed a woman core team to take on the Congress and the CPI(M) ahead of the panchayat polls where 50% seats are reserved for the fairer sex. These women leaders will also play a major role in propagating Mamata's ideals.

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According to Trinamool leaders, the decision was taken because it was felt that it was below the dignity of the party chief to engage in verbal duels with opposition leaders especially in the run up to the rural polls where politicians often get involved in personal slander.

The team, which includes INTTUC leader Dola Sen, MoShealth Chandrima Bhattacharya and deputy speaker Sonali Guha among others, will play a pivotal role in the next few months.

In the last Cabinet reshuffle, the Congress had inducted Mamata baiters such as Deepa Dasmunshi and Adhir Choudhury as Union ministers of state. The Left too, led by leader of the opposition in the assembly, Surya Kanta Mishra, has been targeting the government.

After Diwali, the state Congress and the Left Front plan to hit the streets over issues such as FDI in retail and corruption in Mamata Banerjee's government.

The Trinamool believes that verbal attacks on the party would increase as panchayat polls approaches.

"Mamata has a national stature. Our opponents have engaged in a slander campaign. It is unbecoming for her to counter leaders of other parties in the state," a party core committee leader told HT on Monday.

"Under Mamata’s leadership, women from the grassroots level are coming up. They will become panchayat pradhans and sabhadhipatis," said Chandrima Bhattacharya.

However, leaders such as Mukul Roy, Partha Chatterjee and Subrata Mukherjee would continue to be the face of the government and the party, for all practical purposes.

"I am not aware of any such decisions. The upcoming panchay at polls are a non going process and we have been preparing for it for some time now. It is Mamata who brought 50% reservation for women," said Dola Sen, INTTUC leader.

Chandrima Bhattacharya, minister of state for Health, Dola Sen and Sonali Guha, deputy speaker, are seasoned politicians. The party is assured of their ability to counter political opponents.

Bhattacharya successfully countered allegations in the health sector, especially during the dengue outbreak recently.

Sen, on the other hand, spoke on various issues such as Haldia impasse and worker unrest.


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