Writer, painter, indomitable fighter Mamata Banerjee faces her biggest political challenge in Nandig – The New Indian Express
NANDIGRAM: Mamata Banerjee, the indomitable fighter dressed in a white sari, is a writer, poet and painter who ended the decades-long rule of the Left Front but who, after two successive terms, faces a major challenge for his political career.
Striving to prove that “Bangla nijer meyekei chaye” (Bengal wants her own daughter), she continues her stride in the political spectrum of the nation which began in 1975 to make the headlines by dancing on the car of most influential leaders of the Jayaprakash Narayan era in protest.
Forty-six years have passed since; his combativeness continues to shine in Indian politics. She is “Nation’s Didi” Mamata Banerjee.
She became Chief Minister of West Bengal in 2011 by ending the 34-year-old CPI (M) regime, one of the oldest elected governments in the world. Now, having reigned over the state for two successive terms, the 2021 election battle is surely no picnic for her. It was the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that violated its dominance after obtaining overwhelming results from the state in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. And, the emergence of the Left-Congress-ISF alliance made the situation worse. more complicated for her.
Banerjee approves of her governance as the rule of the three M’s, ie “Maa”, “Mati” and “Manush” (mother, soil and people). But, the elections in Bengal have another 3M factor this time, namely ‘Mamata’, ‘Modi’ and ‘Muslim’. Thus, Banerjee’s challenge is to counter on the one hand the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bengal and to regain his base of support from the minority community which could withdraw with the Left-Congress-ISF alliance.
Now making the battle for power more interesting, Mamata chose Nandigram over his seat in Bhabanipur this time to test his fate in the 2021 elections. It is the agitation in Nandigram and Singur against the land acquisition policies of the leftist government that made Mamata Banerjee the chief minister of West Bengal.
Now not only Bengal, but the country has its eyes on Nandigram, who will attend the most high-profile competition on April 1, with the chief minister taking on his former ministerial colleague Suvendu Adhikari, who joined the BJP in December of 2019. last year.
Additionally, Banerjee’s polling campaign this time around took on a new dimension with a wheelchair after she injured herself earlier this month while campaigning in Nandigram.
Not to mention that the Chief Minister of West Bengal spared no step in the ballot to launch virulent attacks against Prime Minister Modi. However, the Modi-Mamata battle was quite visible even before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. She was instrumental in bringing all opposition parties against the Center together ahead of the 2019 general election. The seventh-term MP was also among the first key figures who strongly criticized the central government on issues ranging from demonetization to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and foreclosure on fuel prices. Her fighting spirit and mass appeal have made her one of the foremost opposition figures in the current political arena.
Mamata Banerjee began her political career as a member of the Youth Congress in the 1970s. She quickly rose through the ranks and became General Secretary of Congress Mahila and later of the All India Youth Congress. In 1984, she was elected a member of parliament for the 8th Lok Sabha, becoming one of India’s youngest parliamentarians. She founded the All India Trinamool Congress in 1997 after a disagreement with Congress.
Mamata Banerjee worked with three prime ministers, including PV Narasimha Rao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Dr Manmohan Singh. She has served as Union Minister in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) governments and has held portfolios such as human resource development, youth and sports, development of women and children, coal and mining and railways. She was notably the first woman to become Minister of Railways in the country. Time Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012.
Coming from a lower middle class family, Mamata Banerjee worked as a milk seller to fight poverty. Her father died due to lack of treatment when she was only 17 years old. The fighter in her never let the barriers dominate her. She continued her education and obtained a BA in History, an MA in Islamic History, and degrees in Education and Law from the University of Calcutta. She also worked as a stenographer and private tutor before joining politics full time. Another disposition of Mamata Banerjee is her minimalist lifestyle. Although she is Chief Minister, she still lives in her ancestral terracotta-tiled house on Harish Chatterjee Street in Kolkata. White cotton sarees with monochrome trims and slippers are all that defines Mamata Banerjee’s fashion statement.
The Chief Minister of West Bengal is also a self-taught painter, poet and writer. She is the author of over 100 books. She is also tech-savvy and remains active on social media. The Trinamool Supremo is also known for its steps or steps. Here it should be mentioned that she walks five to six kilometers on a treadmill every day. When it comes to afternoon tea time, she enjoys having tea, puffed rice and “aloo chop”.
The second phase of the West Bengal Assembly polls are scheduled for April 1. In phase II, 30 seats covering a segment of South 24 Parganas, Bankura, Purba Medinipur and Paschim Medinipur will go to the polls to decide the fate of 171 candidates including 19 women.
Meanwhile, the first phase of the West Bengal Assembly elections ended on Saturday with an estimated turnout of 79.79%.
In the first phase, 30 seats covering all the constituencies of the Purulia and Jhargram Districts Assembly and a segment of Bankura, Purba Medinipur and Paschim Medinipur went to the polls.