Mamata vs Modi fights: Noise in national politics for an alternative

With India battered by Covid-19 pandemic, an American information intelligence agency discovered in its survey that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s approval scores fell to its lowest in May. Recent developments in West Bengal give credence to this survey as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee appears to have gained the political slugfest.

Mamata Banerjee, regardless of shedding her seat in the latest meeting election, has emerged as probably the most potent challenger to PM Narendra Modi. This is, nevertheless, not the primary time that an primarily regional or state chief has taken on PM Narendra Modi triggering hypothesis a couple of national alternative.

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Narendra Modi emerged on the national scene in the second half of 2013 with most political observers already dismissing the Congress’s likelihood of survival in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. The election outcomes have been on predicted strains.

Curiously, the excitement of discovering an alternative was already positioned in national political house. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal, present Delhi chief minister, was seen because the rallying level particularly after his determination to contest from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh in opposition to Narendra Modi, who additionally stood from a second seat at Vadodara in his residence state Gujarat.

The first Narendra Modi wave noticed the BJP attaining single-party majority in the Lok Sabha after 30 years. However, the election outcomes have been additionally credited to TINA (there is no such thing as a alternative) issue. The Congress and its chief Rahul Gandhi had already been dismissed by political pundits.

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Arvind Kejriwal got here again to reckoning in 2015 when his AAP crushed the BJP and pulverised the Congress in the Delhi Assembly election. A collection of political clashes adopted between the Kejriwal authorities and the Modi authorities. The present Mamata Banerjee versus Narendra Modi combat appears to be like like a mirror picture.

Like Arvind Kejriwal, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar too engineered a coalition to carry again Narendra Modi’s election juggernaut in Bihar in 2015. But Arvind Kejriwal generated extra alternative waves.

The stream of thought that Arvind Kejriwal might be an alternative to Narendra Modi on the Centre was dammed after 2017 Punjab Assembly election because the AAP did not win the polls, and altered political tack to retain Delhi in 2020.

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Before Rahul Gandhi took the alternative centrestage for 2019 Lok Sabha election with Rafale deal allegations and marketing campaign catchphrase “chowkidar chor hai” (the watchman is a thief), former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was the rallying level for a number of months.

Chandrababu Naidu had stop the Narendra Modi authorities in March 2018. He led a marketing campaign to construct an alternative coalition reaching out to Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee, Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati amongst others.

The TDP on report went on to say Chandrababu Naidu was “an alternative” and “a threat” to Narendra Modi in 2019 Lok Sabha election. Curiously, whereas Chandrababu Naidu campaigned in opposition to Narendra Modi to construct an alternative entrance, he mentioned he had been supplied the prime ministerial submit twice in 1996 and 1997.

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But Chandrababu Naidu misplaced his political relevance as an alternative to Narendra Modi on the Centre after his social gathering’s crushing defeat in 2019 Lok Sabha election and Andhra Pradesh Assembly polls.


Sharad Pawar has been an everlasting third fronter, looking for to have an alternative political coalition to guide and change into its chief. He stop the Congress opposing social gathering president Sonia Gandhi. Many consider that had Sharad Pawar stayed with the Congress, he might have been Sonia Gandhi’s selection for prime minister as an alternative of Manmohan Singh in 2004.

The NCP had, in reality, supplied Sharad Pawar as a attainable ‘secular’ alternative to Narendra Modi in 2014 Lok Sabha election. In his interview to India Today, Sharad Pawar dropped enough hint for an alternative space at the Centre.

Later, his trusted aide Praful Patel had mentioned, “If there was a situation where there is a consensus on the issue…then Sharad Pawar will be certainly ready (to become prime minister).”

Sharad Pawar picked up that thread forward of the 2019 Lok Sabha election. But ballot outcomes confirmed a stronger Modi wave in 2019. Sharad Pawar, nevertheless, created contemporary buzz with Maharashtra Assembly election later in 2019 and designing a coalition to shock Modi-fied BJP.

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For lengthy, Mamata Banerjee and Narendra Modi shared a superb rapport. After victory in 2014, Narendra Modi as prime minister praised Mamata Banerjee in Parliament in his maiden reply to the controversy on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s tackle.

PM Narendra Modi lauded Mamata Banerjee for working “hard to bring West Bengal out of the evils of 35 years”. Mamata Banerjee had earlier in 2012 praised Narnedra Modi’s management saying, “Gujarat has been nurtured and it is progressing.”

The bonhomie was such that it acquired Rahul Gandhi to query Mamata Banerjee over her determination to accompany Narendra Modi to Bangladesh in 2015 after having snubbed the previous Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the identical topic.

Things turned the other way up between Narendra Modi and Mamata Banerjee in the 2016 West Bengal Assembly election. The BJP, although, polled lesser votes than it had in the 2014 Lok Sabha election, but it surely was clear that the social gathering was going to be Mamata Banerjee’s challenger in West Bengal.

During the 2016 polls, PM Narendra Modi had raised Sarada rip-off and Narada bribery sting whereas accusing the Mamata Banerjee authorities of corruption, and saying that the Kolkata flyover tragedy was “God’s message to the people” of Bengal to save lots of the state from her Trinamool Congress.

Mamata Banerjee returned the favour addressing Narendra Modi as “expiry babu” who wanted a “slap of democracy” and in contrast him with Ravan, the demon king talked about in the Ramayana.

The 2019 Lok Sabha election and 2021 West Bengal Assembly polls solely noticed heightening of the acerbic posers and prices at each other. Mamata Banerjee’s private loss and the BJP’s resounding defeat in the Bengal election have solely fuelled the political fights between the 2 leaders.

With Mamata Banerjee showing to be outsmarting Narendra Modi, the noise for an alternative in national politics is again in forex.


PM Narendra Modi has, nevertheless, remained the most well-liked politician in India since 2014 regardless of swings in approval scores in surveys performed by completely different companies.

In the most recent occasion, information collected by the American agency Morning Consult present that PM Narendra Modi’s web approval scores remained above different world leaders.

Mamata Banerjee or every other politician might fall in need of turning into true alternative in national politics till they go previous Narendra Modi’s approval scores rely.

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