Trinamool storms to power in Kolkata civic polls
The Trinamool Congress, which had already won two-thirds majority in the 141-member KMC, will not need the support of the Congress to rule Kolkata where her party has already captured 94 of the 135 wards the results of which were available. (via Trinamool storms to power in Kolkata civic polls – Economy and Politics – livemint.com).
Decline of the Bengal’s economy
From a prime business centre till the 1960’s West Bengal stagnated during the last 30 years of Communist rule. Rampant storm-troopers kept political opposition at bay. Voters were ‘kept’ in line. Trade Unions suppressed businesses till there was no industry left in West Bengal.
Mamata Banerji’s biggest symbol of success was reversal of the Tata Nano project – where prime agricultural land was forcibly acquired by the state – for ‘progress.’ Mamata’s detractors alleged that Tata Nano’s automobile competitors were behind the Mamata campaign.
Lone woman standing
Mamata’s, an ex-Congressi, split from the Congress over strategy on how to defeat the CPIM. Friendless for sometime, without any patron or godfather, she ploughed a lonely furrow.
Till an alliance with the BJP gave her impetus – and political standing. A split with the BJP and an alliance with the Congress put wind in her sails.
Her policies and programmes are a bit of a black box – and may not make a big difference. Hopefully, it will break the Communist hold over West Bengal – which is an unalloyed plus for West Bengal.