By DN Singh
Can the incident of the alleged attack on Mamata Banerjee at Nandigram tilt the balance in favour of the TMC? Or it would get stymied in the counter-narratives of the BJP calling the entire incident as a ‘ theatric’ one that Mamata wanted to use when she realised that it could be a deft rope walk for her in West Bengal.
As details emerging from the footage of that time, “it is difficult to make out of a possibility of a group attack. And that too when any chief minister usually remains within a three tier security besides the personal body guard ” observes Jayant Ghosh , a Kolkata based political analysts .
Antics Doesn’t Pay Always
Mamata Banerjee critics, including the Congress , have started to decelerate the entire pace of the momentum by saying that, how Mamata Banerjee is capable of such antics that she has done on Wednesday as well .
Senior journalist and political analyst, Arindam Chatterjee rued that, “such antics are common traits with many political leaders, why Mamata only” . “Often news are manufactured by leaders for gaining people’s empathy including by leaders of national stature” quipped Chatterjee.
However, pending the probe on the Nandigram incident , it would be difficult for the TMC cadre to keep up the momentum against the BJP bandwagon.
Surveys Can Console TMC Only
The initial take away from the initial projection by a media house has some reasons for the Mamata Banerjee followers to be content but not complacent in anyway .
And surely the C Voter’s survey, if anything to go by, can be a cause to dampen the spirit of the NDA for now if not after a week or so when the Prime Minister’s subsequent visits take place.
Why talking about West Bengal(WB) alone ? Because among all the states getting poll-ready, WB can be merrily assumed as a battle ground where PM, Narendra Modi virtually takes on the WB chief minister Mamata making it appear as a prestige issue for both .
The severity with which the BJP top brasses have shown the seriousness on WB polls, no pollster can afford to ignore the significance.
However , subsequent surveys may reveal a changed trend and that wouldn’t be far away . But it is hard to deal the initial survey by any casual ease .
Mamata Must Restore Cool
The most important factor that the incumbent chief minister of WB cannot lose sight of is, she is facing a multi-pronged attack where her position requires the protection of her image only and not just antics.
Playing the cards of appeasement apart , the WB chief minister should get down to the ground to speak for Roti-Kapda-Makan issues those remain unspoken by all the stake-holders for now .
About the Author:
DN Singh is a Bhubaneswar-based senior journalist.
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