Mamata Banerjee has lost the plot, and her sense of balance

It is evident that Mamata Banerjee has lost the plot. The more she is faced with challenges, the greater is her irresponsible conduct.

Mamata Banerjee has lost the plot, and her sense of balance
Mamata Banerjee has lost the plot, and her sense of balance

Mamata has been rattled by the electoral setback to such an extent that she can no longer distinguish between right and wrong.

Mamata Banerjee is not the first politician to have suffered an electoral setback, nor will she be the last. And yet, perhaps no leader before her has behaved in the irresponsible and undignified manner she has, after the defeat. Even Left leaders, who otherwise share many traits of the West Bengal Chief Minister — intolerance towards political adversaries, minority appeasement, and a penchant to settle political scores through violence — were relatively restrained after their defeats in West Bengal and Tripura after decades of uninterrupted rule.

Elections losses come and go but the image a politician presents in times of adversity is not more long-lasting but provides a template for his or her future course in politics. The West Bengal Chief Minister has only added to the ignominy of defeat by her shocking conduct, the latest example of which became evident in the manner she handled the doctors’ strike in parts of her State. This comes on the heels of a spate of revenge attacks by goons owing allegiance to her ruling Trinamool Congress, on workers of the BJP, the party which rode high in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in the State, winning 18 (it had just two in 2014) of the 42 seats.

The BJP poses a different scenario. The party has made deep inroads in the State and having won a good number of Lok Sabha seats it is in a pole position to disrupt Mamata Banerjee’s hegemonist rule.

The Chief Minister should have been at her humblest in the aftermath of the defeat, but she decided to be even more belligerent than before. She levelled wild allegations against the striking doctors when she ought to have taken serious note of the murderous assault on them by a mob of goons and sided with the doctors. She called them “outsiders” and “goons” and said they were free to quit and leave their official premises. Most irresponsibly, she said the doctors were denying treatment to members of one particular community (the minorities). At the time of writing, she had failed to even visit one of the doctors who had been grievously injured and was in the intensive care unit.

The West Bengal Chief Minister is squarely responsible for the crisis that has gripped the State’s healthcare system. When the incident occurred and the doctors expressed their protest, all that she had to do was to reach out to them immediately, visit the doctors assaulted, ordered the arrest of all those who were involved in the incident and assured the medical staff all security. There would have been no strike and lakhs of patients would not have been inconvenienced. But she placed her ego before the interests of the State and its people. Incidentally, while addressing the minority community recently, she had told its members that she was with them and that those who confronted them would be destroyed. Surely, she could have demonstrated a similar harmony with the striking doctors.

Her irresponsible behaviour expands into other areas as well. During the election campaigning, she had refused to take a call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in connection with a natural calamity; saying that she did not want to speak with a Prime Minister with “an expiry date”. More recently, she refused to attend a meeting of the Niti Aayog.

Mamata Banerjee has often spoken of the need to respect the federal nature of the Indian Union, and yet she has been in the forefront of making a mockery of the same. She ridicules the advisory sent by the Union Home Ministry on the political killings, saying that law and order is a matter for the State to handle. While that is true, the Union Government is well within its right to issue an advisory and the State regime ought to respond responsibly to it. Besides, since law and order is a State subject, she has specularly failed to maintain it. She cannot run away from accountability by claiming that the BJP and the RSS are behind the violence.

It is evident that Mamata Banerjee has lost the plot. The more she is faced with challenges, the greater is her irresponsible conduct. She has been rattled by the electoral setback to such an extent that she can no longer distinguish between right and wrong. Her political instincts have begun to fail her. It’s not only her prime ministerial ambitions that have been ground to dust; she now faces a real prospect of having to struggle to save her government in the coming Assembly elections. For the first time since she assumed power, she will have to confront a real political challenge. Until now, she could easily brush aside the Congress and the Left, because both are spent forces in the State. The BJP poses a different scenario. The party has made deep inroads in the State and having won a good number of Lok Sabha seats it is in a pole position to disrupt Mamata Banerjee’s hegemonist rule. If she continues with her present behaviour,  a shock could await her in the State polls.

Note:
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.

Rajesh Singh

Rajesh Singh is a Delhi-based senior political commentator and public affairs analyst
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  1. To be noted is Mamata Bonorjee, has picked up her mother name. She is a daughter of Islamic BDeshi father.
    Indians have always fed the pitvipers and rattlesnakes, simply because they are too busy fighting in name of castes, languages, how they twist their tongues.
    2. She is a pitviper who and whose family slithered into India in 1947, just like Brenda, Romila Thapars, Aroon Puries, Kapil Sibals, R.K.Dhawans… BDutt, sagarika……Indians should know that we have Nagpanchami when Cobras are fed, but no Hindu shastra tells about feeding the pitvipers, rattlesnakes or Mambas. We fed Xtians, Pakipanjabis and Bdeshis, who are worse than these poisonous snakes
    3. Note Theresa was “SAINTIFIED”in just 13 years after her death in 2016, by the Vatican. The Normal procedure for the genocidal maniac at Vatican, Pope is 100 years. It was followed till now. This was an evil design by Vatican to help their plant in India ITALIAN SONIA MAINO the biggest Xtian bigot, worse than billion Taimurs
    4 NOTE: Vatican invited Mamata and Kejri as special guests in this fake ceremony of Organ seller , child killer theresa “beatification”, no other CM was invited?? WHY WERE THEY INVITED?? Because Both of them are Cryptos. KEJRI IS A OUTSIDE BANGAD WHO WORKED FOR “SISTER OF CHARITY”OF THERESA and it was on her recommendation that ITALIAN VATICAN BIGOT, XTIAN INQUISITOR SONIA, who occupied the Top Post in India in the big VATICAN-XTIAN-WESTERN SLAVETRADERS conspiracy against the HINDUS, that he became IRS Officer, was indulging in blatant breaking of rule of Law, by running a Ford payed NGO while in service. AND WAS PLANTED BY SONIA USING HER AGENT HAZARE, A PRETENDER AND SIBAL, the evil Pakistani. MAMATA also works for VATICAN. No doubt Vatican had indicated its backup plan, against MODI but it has failed. So now they will try to prop some other Bstd
    HAD MODI AND BJP BEEN ON ATTACK, AND ABUSIVE, VINEET JAIN and ammi INDU JAIN, B DUTT, SAGARIKA GHOSE, SARDESAI, SHUKAR GUPTA, ….. AND THE PAKIPANJABI BDESHI GANGS WOULD BE DANCING NAKED ON THE STREETS AND HAVING FREESEX SESSIONS WITH THEIR DAUGHTERS.
    TIME FOR NATIVE INDIANS TO BRING OUT THEIR IRON FISTS AND STRIKE THESE ITALIANS, PAKISTANI, BDESHI, GUTTER FILTH WHETHER OF 1947, 71 OR LATER..INDIAFORINDIANS ITALIAN VATICAN PIGS LEAVE INDIA OR WORLD

  2. She is talking of respect to her from the agitating doctors and wanted them to heed her. What about Modiji? Such a dangerous lady getting protection even after destroying the state under the constitution,should immediately be dismissed and fresh elections should be conducted

  3. Sad for any Bengali, but thank you for this article which actually expresses what all sane Bengali do feel in the heart of their hearts. This CM has been and even today is pursuing a dangerous path of appeasement of the Muslims to an extreme extent. Her hatred for the BJP/RSS/Modi, and everything Hindu, reached such an extreme that she became abusive in her every reference to the prime minister inter alia by blaming the PM and his party for everything, and is just not prepared to accept the election results. Every action and speech of this CM speaks of her utter frustration in every respect for the imminent signs of her exit from the political scene in Bengal. She is not grateful that the govt has really not been serious in her complicity in the Sharadha filth or investigating her days in the railway ministry mon matters inter alia in allotting railway wagons. The handling of the incident of the attack by her vote bank people against doctors has eminently established the fact that she is the last person to accept an inevitability that nothing is permanent on earth and, much though she wants her and her family to be in power for ever in Bengal even at the cost of integrity of the country as a whole, Bengali are no more prepared to become refugees again and, that too, on their own country. She is not going to hand over power without damaging the country. In all this, Prime Minister Modi has been an epitome of dignity by remaining unperturbed over all her statements and personal abuses.

    • She herself is a Bdeshi, and to be noted RSS and BJP are for Native Indians, these outsiders, Italians, Bdeshis and Pakistanis like MMS, SIBAL, R.K DHAWAN, Rajeev Dhawan,… have been ruling Bengal and India for ages for their White masters. She is supporting illegal BDeshis. Indians have to learn to fight themselves. She is creating Noakhalis in Bengal. Time to fight back, Mountain for brick

  4. Modi is to blame for all of Didi’s Quixotic actions

    Through one stroke of DEMONETIZATION, Modi has made her penniless diluting her entire Local Black Cash earned through Sarada, Narada & what else.
    RECOLLECT THE FACT SHE MADE THE MAXIMUM NOISE FOLLOWING DEMO.

    A strict vigilance by Intelligence & Investigation Agencies on NETAS trying to inward-remit Black Cash stashed in Tax-havans has almost crippled her Electioneering & Campaign

    As a fitting reply to her Minority Appeasement Politics, Modi has assiduously crafted the Polarization of Hindu Votes


    Skillfully handling the Agencies to zero-in on her – leading the trails on various scams to her door – trembled her out of senses

  5. ‘During the election campaigning, she had refused to take a call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in connection with a natural calamity; saying that she did not want to speak with a Prime Minister with “an expiry date”. More recently, she refused to attend a meeting of the Niti Aayog” in such a scenario center should not release funds as per 14th Finance Commission and deny share in GST. Mamata Begum’s contribution is similar to Kejriwals’ anarchy.Degree and magnitude varies! Such statements from a CM qualifies for imposition of President’s Rule.In our country, since independence there is no respect for law and there is no fear of law.

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