You have to give it to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. She is an equal opportunities adversary. No one, howsoever important, can escape her wrath once she is peeved. And which is quite often. In the old days, before she captured the throne, she confined her temperamental outbursts for the Left. Now the field has widened. Much like the Red Queen, her instinct is to yell ‘off with their heads’ even when the party in question may just have popped by for a courtesy call. But this is what makes Mamatadi loveable, indeed childlike.
Of course, this can be alarming considering she is the head of a populous state whose economy has been going down the tube. But then, we have to make exceptions for creative people like Ms Banerjee who is a dab hand at painting and writing poetry. The target of her latest outburst is the prime minister himself. Apparently during the Singur agitation when she was on a hunger strike for 26 days, the PM did not so much as enquire about her. Her inference is that this was because he was afraid of his friends in the Left. It’s another matter that this PM took on the Left and staked his government on the nuclear deal. But what is a fact or two between allies? This alliance, we have noticed, is a unique one. Mamatadi has devised a novel way of showing her support. This takes the form of opposing every move the government makes, be it the Lokpal Bill or FDI in retail. So in effect, the BJP is out of a job with Ms Banerjee having taken over the role of the Opposition. This is a good sign, keep it all in the family.
We can quite see that finance minister Pranab Mukherjee in his role as soother-in-chief will have to make another sortie to Didiland to calm her down. But then be sure that she will pop up with yet another complaint shortly. Perhaps we could compile one for each day of the week to save her time, so that she could get on with the task of governance. And let’s hope she does not read this editorial because she might unleash a thunderbolt at us.