Digvijaya Singh,senior leader of Congress , who is more popular for contradicting and counter-attacking Team Anna,Baba Ramdev and almost anyone and everyone who talks against the UPA government, repeatedly criticized Mamata Banerjee on the camera for not supporting UPA in Presidential Poll. In his interview to a news channel, he declared, how disappointed and frustrated Congress had become to take ‘tantrums’ of Mamata Banerjee. Sensing the emergence of the situation , the Congress party, in a media release declared that Digvijaya Singh was not officially authorized to talk on behalf of the Congress Party in the media. Realizing that TMC supremo is still a reliable ally compared to the SP which can change stands at any instance, the Congress must have thought its better not to give wrong signals to Mamata Banerjee.
Surely,Digvijaya Singh must have lost his face after the statement released from his party !
TMC supremo and key-ally of UPA government, Mamata Banerjee had stated on Thursday that she and SP head,Mulayam Singh Yadav were steadfast in their support for Dr Abdul Kalam as the next president . However, on Friday the SP extended support to Pranab Mukherjee’s candidature. Mulayam Singh Yadav has been known for changing decisions, at the very last moment,many a times in his political career and this time it was Didi, the leader known for sticking by her words,on the suffering end! The TMC has termed Mr Singh a Traitor and has recalled that they still support Dr Kalam for the Presidential Candidature.
Vilasrao Deshmukh, Union Minister, Science and Technology and also the president of Maharashtra Cricket Association had visited Kolkata along with the Prime Minister. Mamata Banerjee (didi), utilized the opportunity to ask him to reconsider West Bengal’s brand ambassador and Kolkata Knight Rider Team co-owner, Shah Rukh Khan’s ban from entering Wankhade stadium(which is under MCA) for 5 years. Well, SRK deserves such favors from didi not only because he is the brand ambassador for the state but also because his KKR team won the IPL cup for the city !
Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi’s warning against Mamata Banerjee not to cross the “laxman rekha (boundary line)” of “coalition dharma” by attending the two swearing-in ceremonies, in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh may have held ‘didi’ back from attending these ceremonies. She was being invitied by Prakash Singh Badal, CM of Punjab and Akhilesh Yadav,CM Uttar Pradesh, to attend swearing-ceremonies to be held on 14th and 15th March respectively. Well there is a valid reason given as well by Mukul Roy, All India TMC general secretary that the Budget Session of the state is beginning on the 15th of the month and it is a parliamentary convention that chief minister should remain present in the House during the Governor’s speech on the opening day of the Assembly session.
As per media reports , Mamata Banerjee aka Didi Government has found a solution to control rapes in the state hence The Excise Department has disallowed (LCL) Late Closure Licenses to night-clubs for the coming month.
The late night alleged rape of a 37-year-old woman in a moving car , highlighted the fact that the incident took place while returning from a popular city night-club, at around 1:30 am and even the victim got friendly with the accused in the night-club itself.
How much will Mamata Banerjee be blamed ?
Initially, Didi gave a statement in haste, declaring the incident as fabricated and when proved true she was also criticized badly. And with 6 incidents of rape in a months time, coming in limelight, the TMC supremo seems getting deeper into controversies with her statements.Ban on late-night clubbing may have invited criticisms to the Bengal Chief Minister from Party Animals of the city.
However, it is not just the city of Kolkata and the Late-Night Party Lovers who are at risk but every woman and at any time of the day is unsafe in Bengal and in India. Face it! No city in India is safe. Highlighting Kolkata suddenly just because of change in Government would not be fair. Were the people of Bengal living perfectly under the Left rule? Had it been so, TMC would not have replaced them! The number of rapes reported in Bengal, in a month may equal Delhi’s weekly or may be daily numbers of similar crime. How many times do people question and criticize Sheila Dixit? Should Mamata Banerjee not be given a fair chance to take proper control of things rather than forced to make comments in haste .
The junior doctor accused for raping hearing-impaired girl in Bankura Medical College has been arrested. Victim’s mother explained she had taken the daughter to the hospital after complains of chest plain and the doctor took her inside a room while asking mother to wait. After 2 hours when she could not wait anymore , she barged into the room where she found her daughter in naked state. The daughter then explained the incident in sign-language to her mother following which the FIR was lodged!
Previously two incidents of rape had shocked the nation , questioning the safety of women in Bengal. A 30-year-old woman was reported to have been raped by gang of robbers and prior to this incident , a 37-year-old mother of two was raped in a moving car. Initially, commenting this incident as got-up case, chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, faced criticisms,once the rape was proved. Gang rape by robbers too was stated as conspiracy against the government , by the CM.
Her apology on strikes promoted by her in the past, as opposition and request to people of Bengal not to entertain such strikes has also been contradictory and has been termed as hypocrisy.Mamata Banerjee has been under fire from opposition in the past for repeated child deaths in various hospitals of Bengal. Well, incidents of such kind are surely raising concerns however, Chief Minister’s blunt statement has been more concerning where she has been accusing incidents as conspiracy! It is time that will decide if these incidents are truly conspired but with the present change in the administration of state and the promising leadership of Mamata, Bengal hopes for a change for good. Since TMC won in Bengal and ‘Didi’ held the CM’s post she has also been noticed contradicting the UPA on number of issues.
What is considered to be the voice of trade unions affiliated to most of the mainstream political parties protesting against price rise, violation of labour rights and the Government’s free market policies like disinvestment in public sector companies and privatisation of services is a matter of concern for the ruling UPA, in the centre and a fight of political superiority, in Bengal. The contest is between TMC and CPM,directly in the state.
Is the core issue of strike ‘Power Test’ between TMC & CPM in Bengal ?
CITU called Bandh-Industrial Strike , supported by parent CPI(M) on 28th February 2012 in Bengal today forced the CM Mamata Banerjee admit that strikes do not help any State and Nation. She also ended up apologizing to the people of Bengal for using Bandhs as strongest weapon against the ruling CPM government, in the past. She requested Bengal not to participate in the Industrial Strike and assured necessary arrangements of smooth running of government-run transports like the trains,trams,metro and government buses and warned government officials of actions against the absentees!
Well, it is only after 12 hours from now will we get to know if these appeals and apologies worked for TMC as it was the same party which would frequent the state with regular Bandhs on every possible matter, mostly to show the then ruling Government, the strength and support it was generating, with every passing day.Not to forget, it has rarely been the call or support of issues and political parties, that was behind the success of all the Bandhs but it was the habit of getting used to with the unofficial holidays and spending leisure time, which had been forcing the state to accept any strikes, be it from any party.One cannot deny the chances of violence between supporters of strikes and the ones who wish to attend offices, however, it mostly became reason of a holiday, unquestioned!
Today, it is the opposition which is exploding the same bomb of Strikes on the ruling TMC , mostly to show the strength, it is regaining or to check the strength, after the loss of governance. Topics are too petty to call for a strike yet no big deal if the habituated citizens of Bengal would prefer to spend a leisure time at home while the opposition would claim success of the strike and give TMC a reality-check. On the other side, it is a testing time for Mamata Banerjee , who will have to make sure the Strike has minimum impact. Although, sensing the urgency she already apologized a day before for all the strikes she promoted as opposition party and by appealing Bengal not to support the Bandh! Mamata Banerjee has indicated crackdown measures to ensure the strike doe not effect the state.