TMC is without political friends, fighting a lonely battle for staying in power

  • Ravik Bhattacharya, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Dec 13, 2014 00:45 IST

At the recent BJP rally, the party’s national secretary Sidharth Nath Singh predicted that in 2014 it would be Bhag Madan Bhag (run Madan run), 2015 it would be Bhag Mukul Bhag. And when he asked the crowd “in 2016…” the gathering replied in chorus: “Bhag Mamata Bhag”. Singh was quick to add: “And you know what people say becomes reality”.

With West Bengal Cabinet minister Madan Mitra’s arrest, politically, Mamata has hit the nadir. She is without friends at the Centre. Worse, all the parties that she is approaching for alliance are declining. Last month, her former ally, the Congress, and the Left leaders rebuffed her when she said in the national capital that she was ready to tie up with any party to fight communalism. From her ascendancy in 2011, “within three years, she reached the lowest point. Her personal image of impeccable honesty is gone. And she now has the CBI on her trail," said Congress leader Abdul Mannan.

Earlier, Trinamool Congress MPs Kunal Ghosh and Srinjoy Basu, and vice president Rajat Majumder were arrested in Saradha scam.

However Mamata sees a conspiracy in the arrest. She said on Friday that her party would hit the streets to protest.

The development comes at a time when the crucial Kolkata municipal polls and elections in over 80 municipalities are due next year and the assembly election is lined up for 2016.

The arrest of Madan has also put the party and its chief in the line of fire. The Opposition is united in demanding her resignation, some pushing for her arrest.

Sidharth Nath Singh, who is also in charge of BJP in ?Bengal, said: “West Bengal Cabinet Minister Madan Mitra’s arrest shows that the Trinamool leadership is neck deep in Saradha scam and the dots are leading to Mamata’s doorstep. Time for Mamata Banerjee to resign taking moral responsibility”.

The Congress and the CPI(M) initiated a sharp attack on Mamata, some demanding her resignation and arrest.

“Her image of honesty is now lying in the dust. Now Mamata Banerjee should immediately resign,” said Adhir Choudhury, the president of West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee.

“Now CBI should interrogate Mamata Banerjee and if they find a reason, should arrest her,” said Surya Kant Mishra, the CPI-M politburo member and leader of the opposition in Assembly.

Cornered, the Chief Minister countered in her familiar note. “It (the act of arresting) is unfortunate, shameful and deserves to be condemned. It’s sheer political vendetta. Can CBI and the centre go out of its jurisdiction and act like this?” said Mamata Banerjee at the state secretariat in the evening.

“Let me see whether Amit Shah’s goondas and Narendra Modi’s police can arrest me,” she said.

Subrata Mukherjee, the vice president of Trinamool Congress and minister in Mamata cabinet, said the CBI was controlled by Amit Shah. Our cabinet colleague was arrested without informing anyone, not even the Assembly Speaker”.

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