Has Mamata Banerjee emerged as a contender for the PM’s post?

In the previous, Bengalis have missed out on having certainly one of their very own on the prime minister’s chair on a number of events. Jyoti Basu got here near changing into the prime minister of a centre-Left United Front authorities in 1996, however his get together, the CPI(M), didn’t let him. Pranab Mukherjee, PM Indira Gandhi’s quantity two, misplaced his possibilities in 1984 after her assassination, then in 1991 after Rajiv Gandhi’s demise and but once more in 2004 when Sonia Gandhi selected Manmohan Singh over him.

West Bengal’s hopes, although, have been renewed. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s enormous victory towards the whole BJP brigade in the meeting election has made her the pure selection for the put up of a challenger who can tackle the highly effective duo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union dwelling minister Amit Shah.

A hashtag—#BengaliPrimeMinister—together with Mamata Banerjee’s image is already doing the rounds of social media. With the common elections scheduled to be held in 2024, this all appears a bit untimely, however contemplating the current fallout between the Centre and the state, over Mamata skipping a evaluate assembly referred to as by Modi for cyclone Yaas, the time appears proper.

Bengal election, not like others, hogged the limelight due to the significance the BJP nationwide leaders hooked up to it. As if successful it might silence the final and the loudest critic of Modi and the BJP. Along with get together supporters, the remainder of the nation, particularly those that have been trying for a respite from the Modi-Shah combo, too, was conserving a shut watch on Bengal outcomes. Vanquishing the BJP in a state like Bengal, with 42 MP seats, meant a lot greater than a regional battle gained. Considering how the BJP had mobilised its whole fleet, sources, establishments and companies to win Bengal, the defeat appears even more durable. At her victory speech, Mamata talked about how the whole nation was on whether or not Bengal might halt the BJP juggernaut.

As a results of this victory, Mamata’s place amongst different Opposition leaders, who wish to assemble on an anti-Modi, anti-BJP platform, has been elevated.

Mamata, for her half, has been utilising her place to tackle the Centre head on. Not a week has handed since she began her new time period that she has not needed to face a Central crew, the NHRC, NWC and common destructive feedback from the Centre on her state affairs. And, on every event, Mamata has put up a battle. Their current fracas over Mamata skipping cyclone Yaas evaluate assembly, resulting in the chief Secretary being recalled by the Centre to report back to Department of Personnel Training in Delhi, and at last him being served a show-cause discover for violating protocol, appears to be one other certainly one of BJP’s ways to annoy Mamata and disturb the Centre-state cooperative relationship. But the West Bengal CM has confirmed earlier than that she doesn’t draw back from criticising Modi and has the braveness to face her floor.

Over the 12 months, this tendency of Mamata to dig her heels in has made individuals see her as a mighty contender to Modi. According to BJP insiders, it’s a a part of the get together’s technique to not solely hold Mamata tied to the state, but in addition a ploy to make her declare the place of the principal face of the Opposition. “And if she stakes a claim, it is bound to impact the cohesiveness of the Opposition, since there are other players in the field who wouldn’t give her a smooth walkover” says a BJP chief requesting anonymity.

Though #BengaliPrimeMinister has a lengthy option to go, it has set in movement the aspiration of Bengal as properly as that of the Trinamool Congress to see their supremo at the prime put up. Already minister of state for sports activities and youth affairs, Manoj Tiwary has tweeted a message: “What Bengal thinks in the present day, India will suppose tomorrow. Didi will lead the approach”. Tiwary is a youth icon and his message is likely to encourage young minds into taking the thought forward.

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