1. Mamata Banerjee underplaying PM Modi didn’t work for Akhilesh Yadav, it won’t work for you either

Mamata Banerjee underplaying PM Modi didn’t work for Akhilesh Yadav, it won’t work for you either

Akhilesh Yadav who was once dreaming to promote his father as a Prime Ministerial candidate has been left in splits and now faces a mammoth task of rebuilding his party from the scratch.

By: | New Delhi | Published: March 17, 2017 7:59 PM
Mamata Banerjee, Mamata Banerjee on Narendra Modi, Mamata Banerjee on Modi, Narendra Modi, PM Narendra Modi, PM Modi, Akhilesh Yadav, All India Trinamool Congress, Trinamool Congress Mamata Banerjee said that BJP is number three or four party in West Bengal. (Source: PTI)

On 11th March 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi proved his status as India’s biggest leader when he single-handedly wiped out Samajwadi Party, Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party from Uttar Pradesh as BJP won a massive mandate of 325 seats. Within a week, the party also formed governments in Goa and Manipur while Trivendra Singh Rawat is set to take oath as the Uttarakhand Chief Minister on Sunday afternoon. Now, people may say that Modi isn’t working, his policies may not be good etc. but all these things aside and his dominance is a completely different story which has forced even old players like Mani Shankar Aiyar and Nitish Kumar to consider a grand alliance to defeat him.

While all the other political parties are trying different ways to dethrone the Indian Prime Minister, comes out West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday and says, “BJP are the party number three or four in Bengal… How will they be able to capture all the seats?” Now, I’ve never been good with history and numbers but five years ago, wasn’t BJP number three party in Uttar Pradesh too? In 2012, it won 47 seats in UP polls, seven more than Congress that finished on number 4 and 33 less than BSP that was the second largest party. In fact, it was exactly 177 seats behind Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party.

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Comes March 2017 and Samajwadi Party which has dominated Uttar Pradesh politics for more than two decades now managed to win only 54 seats despite forming a pre-poll alliance with Congress. Akhilesh Yadav who was once dreaming to promote his father as a Prime Ministerial candidate has been left in splits and now faces a mammoth task of rebuilding his party from the scratch. Something similar has happened with Bahujan Samaj Party which is now facing an existential crisis.

Arvind Kejriwal whose political career is based on criticising Narendra Modi has suffered humiliating losses in both Goa and Punjab while Rahul Gandhi’s political career is under serious doubts as many of his own party members have questioned the leadership within Congress. So, what is common between all these political leaders? Well, all of them kept ignoring Narendra Modi as a threat. They kept underplaying him and the master strategist Modi has by his side in Amit Shah, kept using it to his advantage.

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On the same day, when Mamata Banerjee gave the above statement while addressing the media she also said, “Even America and Germany don’t use EVMs during the election. I would like to request Election Commission of India (EC) to call an all-party meeting to discuss the issue.” So, even before the counting was done, actually even before the polling was done, in fact, even before the election dates were announced, Mamata Banerjee revealed her nervousness.

This statement shows that deep down she sees Narendra Modi as a big threat but is not ready to accept this in public. That’s understandable as well because as a political leader you cannot appear weaker than your opponent in front of public. However, sometimes instead of the opposition, you need to underplay yourself. You need to understand the direction of the wind and just flow with it because going into the real battle, the underdog always has an upper hand.

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  1. Ankush Dey
    Mar 18, 2017 at 5:01 am
    Truly put the sentiment that is out there. One point to add is that her timing of the statement must be linked to the CBI probe order on Narada. Her ministers are already troubled by Sharada and now Narada tapes have been proven to be authentic - now only framing charges, hearing and conviction are required. She will lose her MLA/MP seats due to conviction and then by-polls (her biggest fear). She has to get offensive otherwise will be considered lame duck. Once a lame duck is always a lame duck.
    1. Dinesh Singh
      Mar 17, 2017 at 3:06 pm
      Mr Narendra Modi is a undoubtedly National leader of India and others are just pigmy size before his aura and so can not face his stature alone.
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        Sopan Sant
        Mar 18, 2017 at 3:14 am
        Sometimes even pigmy hyaenas in a team manage to kill a much powerful lion. Would be an interesting battle.
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          Sounetra Choudhury
          Mar 18, 2017 at 8:02 am
          Even in 2014 elections when MODI swept elections in states like U.P., Bihar, etc. where it was not the frontrunner party, BJP could make only minor gains in WB, winning 2 lok sabha seats and 17% vote share . In 2016 embly elections, BJP even couldn't hold into it's increased vote share which decreased from 17% to 12%.The party won just 3 embly seats out of 294, and couldn't win even all the 10 seats where Mr.MODI personally campaigned. The party may look to increase it's vote share in near future, but there is no distant chance of taking on Mamata Banerjee.The party has no credible face in the state, besides Mamata Banerjee's pority is quite high in the state even now (2016 election results is itself a testimony to my word).

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