1. Why Mamata Banerjee is hell-bent on destroying peace in West Bengal

Why Mamata Banerjee is hell-bent on destroying peace in West Bengal

What started as a seemingly genuine protest against demonetisation has now become Banerjee's personal war against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

By: | Updated: January 5, 2017 6:34 PM
mamata banerjee, narendra modi, mamata modi, modi mamata, rose valley scam, tmc, bjp, babul suprio, sudip bandhopadhyay, west bengal, kolkata From January 1, Mamata Banerjee has launched a “Modi hatao, Desh Bachao” campaign across West Bengal. (PTI file)

There could be some cure of ego. But how to deal with a person posturing hyper ego with pride? Nobody can. All one can do is infer that the hyper ego is fueled by something sinister. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s recent antics against the Centre make one think in that direction. What started as a seemingly genuine protest against demonetisation has now become Banerjee’s personal war against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Consider some of her recent ploys against the Centre: On December 1, Banerjee sent shockwaves across West Bengal by claiming the Centre was plotting a coup against her government by stalling Army in Kolkata without permission. She decided not to go home and remain at the state secretariat, Nabanna, to protest against the “sudden deployment” of the army in the area and “guard the democracy”.

Banerjee even asked: “Is this a military coup?”. Later it emerged that the Army was carrying out a routine exercise and the West Bengal administration was already aware of it. Logic doesn’t explain as to how a state government can think that Centre would ever need military to stage a coup. In a federal system like ours, the Centre can do it simply by imposing President rule. On the same day, Mamata had made another bogus claim that Centre had conspired to kill her by not allowing her flight to land on the airport.

Since the announcement of demonetisation on November 8, Mamata tried to create an anti-Modi atmosphere in the country, including Delhi, by organising rallies against Demonetisation. However, the rallies couldn’t find many takers.

From January 1, Mamata has launched a “Modi hatao, Desh Bachao” campaign across West Bengal. The campaign again defies logic as to how can one overthrow the Centre by protesting only in a single state. What Mamata’s campaign has been successful in doing is in increasing the ‘hate-Modi’ sentiments of her party workers and dragged West Bengal to an uninvited season of violence and tensions.

When CBI arrested TMC leader in Lok Sabha Sudip Bandhopadhyay on Tuesday in connection with the Rose Valley chit fund scam, Mamata not only called it an act of “vendetta” by Centre but also likened the arrest with “real emergency”. “We strongly condemn the political vindictive attitude of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. For no reasons arrests have been made. Only reason is #NoteBandi. We will be with the people. This is not only financial emergency. This is full-fledged emergency,” she said in a series of tweets. Not only this, she even threatened the Centre by saying — “We too have a government.”

“Mamata Banerjee’s reaction to the arrest of Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay by the CBI is unbecoming of a chief minister, particularly one who has been attempting to build herself up as a national leader,” The Indian Express remarked in an editorial today.

Mamata’s threat to the Centre was not just a veiled one. It reflected when West Bengal government on Wednesday cancelled an event at the Calcutta club in which author and political commentator Tarek Fatah was scheduled to speak on Balochistan and its ‘freedom’ from Pakistan. Fatah is considered to be a BJP and Modi supporter. But cancelling an intellectual programme just because a speaker is sympathetic to the opponent is again beyond common sense. Does Banerjee think West Bengal is not in India?

Following the arrest of TMC MPs in connection with the Rose Valley chit fund scam, there have been several attacks on BJP workers, including on the house of BJP MP Babul Suprio. Today reports said that posters of PM Modi were targetted in some parts of the state. It is highly unlikely that BJP cadres would take the attacks lying down.

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On November 28, Banerjee pledged to remove Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Indian politics while taking part in a protest march against demonetisation in Kolkata. “Today, I am taking the pledge that either I’ll die or live but will remove PM Modi from Indian politics,” Banerjee told her supporters.

The statement surprised many. For Banerjee cannot remove Modi on her own, and certainly not with her current antics that include blocking or opposing everything the Centre does, including the implementation of GST. With such speech, however, she does manage to keep her supporters enraged and violent.

Violence among the Left and TMC cadres were routine in West Bengal before Banerjee came to power. With her latest threatening posturing against the Centre and BJP in the state, Banerjee has sowed the seeds of another prolonged battle minus the Left. But who would be the real victim?

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    Chander Pal
    Jan 5, 2017 at 3:02 pm
    34 years of left rule made Bengal bankrupt, Mamta is bent on ruining the State. Industry is not coming, job creation is at lowest level.
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      Sk
      Jan 6, 2017 at 4:51 am
      She should be sent to 🇧🇩, and get settled there, this kind of stuff we don't need in India
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        Ashok
        Jan 6, 2017 at 5:16 am
        Mamta is playing highly communal politics which will ruin W Bengal totally. She has got all democratic rights to oppose Modi but not by flaring communal violence in the name of secularism. The wanted Terrorists in Muslim Bangladesh are being given shelter by her, projecting as 'दूध के धुले' is going to make a stan in india, so that she becomes so called PM of Mini stan in India n thus fulfilling her ambitious of becoming PM
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          ap
          Jan 5, 2017 at 1:19 pm
          sake, Jihadidi Mamata needs to do some self-introspection and learn how to deal with the the monster she is
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            PRAKASH BAJPAI
            Jan 5, 2017 at 1:36 pm
            "Demonetization has turned into unmitigated disaster whose full effects are still unfolding. Very humbly I would like to ask the author - Can he write a piece led "Why is Modi Bent on Dividing the Country" in the name of poor & rich? BJP has junked its earlier Hindu vs. Muslim card and now trying another national division. How good economic fortune of low oil price & good monsoon has been negated. How divisive politics is being brazenly pla out. Modi & BJP have a lot to answer for.
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              PRAKASH BAJPAI
              Jan 5, 2017 at 1:43 pm
              BJP has junked its Hindu vs. Muslim card it had. It is now brazenly playing poor vs rich card to enlarge its consuency. Demonetization failed. Good economic fortune of low oil price and good monsoon has been frittered away by attempting to make his position permanent. I think time is for an article led "Why Is Modi bent on Destroying India"
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                PRAKASH BAJPAI
                Jan 5, 2017 at 1:25 pm
                When Modi is doing politics using all instruments available to him what is wrong in Mamta doing the same? I salute guts of this lonely lady.
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                  Citizen India
                  Jan 6, 2017 at 1:06 pm
                  Mamata is antinational to say the least. India my previous articles I had pointed out that the demonetization drive was undertaken with the question of national interest in mind, among others reasons. Not only is Mamata trying to appease a section of the society, Dhoolagarh is a case to the point, but is also jeopardising the national security. Her gimmicks smacks of ignorance of the highest order as has been portra by the above article. Is she so stupid or is it one of her acts of stupidity. The law and order of the State is at stake and if the center is pushed to the wall, yes a 'coup' is on the anvil.
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                    Bijoya
                    Jan 7, 2017 at 4:57 am
                    Mamata begum is beyond cure. She is psychopath. And we the people of Bengal suffering due to her.
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                    1. Rajib Ghosh
                      Jan 6, 2017 at 7:38 am
                      Just ridiculous and absolute madness.
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                      1. Rajib Ghosh
                        Jan 6, 2017 at 7:36 am
                        Just ridiculous and irritating.
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                          Balanand
                          Jan 5, 2017 at 1:47 pm
                          What guts of this lady? She should show her guts against Islamic terrorists. She is like a bully who selects soft targets to show her courage.
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                            vikash Kumar
                            Jan 5, 2017 at 2:40 pm
                            The hight of stupidity
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                              rajeev
                              Jan 5, 2017 at 1:22 pm
                              she is swami Om of Indian Politics
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                                Avik Bose
                                Jan 5, 2017 at 4:08 pm
                                Fascist Trinamool Congress goons have attacked and vandalized West Bengal State BJP Headquarter at 6, Muralidhar Sen Lane, Kolkata- 700073 today. Many BJP members and Leaders are severely beaten and injured by Trinamool goons. Many BJP offices have been damaged by fascist Trinamool Congress through out West Bengal - (1) Baxirhat & Vanukumari in Coochbehar district, (2) Canning in South 24 Parganas, (3) Bharati crossing, Joydeb avenue & Dhobighat in Durgapur of Burdwan district, (4) Daspur of West Midnapore, (5) agarh, Khardah & Ashoknagar of North 24 Parganas, (6) Chinsurah in Hooghly district. Trinamool Congress is the most corrupt party and greatest enemy of democracy.
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                                  murthy
                                  Jan 6, 2017 at 4:23 am
                                  What a fall for the great State of West Bengal!! From the great Freedom Fighter Subhash Chandra Bose,Spiritual giants like Swami Paramahamsa, Vivekananda,veteran musical composers like SDBurman,veteran directors BimalRoy Satyagit Ray and literary luminaries who enlightened the mes,it has come to this state of street brawls. goondaism, led by the present CM with slaves inthe ministry! She will be known in history as the wrecker of WB.
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                                    Suchandana Gupta
                                    Jan 5, 2017 at 7:48 pm
                                    Please do not underestimate the 'draupadi' Roopa Ganguly factor which has gripped the BJP. For some reason this woman with no political background whatsoever is being unreasonably promoted. BJP at any cost wants to project her as CM candidate in West Bengal, whether she deserves it or not. The party wants to impose prez rule and call for elections again.
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                                      Arjun Narayan
                                      Jan 5, 2017 at 11:09 pm
                                      Please donot support the maniac and anti-hindu CM
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                                        jaishanker
                                        Jan 5, 2017 at 6:18 pm
                                        I m amazed what short of ppl are supporting this maniac lady in west Bengal who may one day demand separate nationality of west Bengal from India.I always wonder how ppl can support this mad lady
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                                          jaishanker
                                          Jan 5, 2017 at 6:14 pm
                                          Mamta is complete mad and dangerous for the country
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                                            Dev Kumar
                                            Jan 6, 2017 at 2:11 am
                                            The only way to give relief to Bengalis is to send this madcap CM to mental hospital
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