BJP may be governing the nation, but in West Bengal Mamata Banerjee is still the boss
Remember that scene from 300 where Leonidas kicks the Persian messenger? What we’re about to tell you is a lot like that. Except this time, we have the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and the Bharatiya Janata Party bigwigs. And the war cry is: ‘This is Bengal!’ When a swine-flu affected Amit Shah was controversially denied permission to land his chopper on Didi’s backyard, the BJP – heavyweights in Indian politics - cried foul. Barely a month later, it was Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath’s turn to bite the bullet – or should we say, get the ‘Didi treatment.’
While Shah’s chopper finally managed to get a clearance, Adityanath was not as lucky. His plans for a rally in Purulia took a hit when the state government denied his helicopter permission to land in Bengal without prior notice. The chief minister and his convoy were forced to figure out a route to Purulia by road, from Bokaro in Jharkhand. Before reaching Purulia, Yogi lamented that the Mamata Banerjee ruled state was suffering from anarchy and misrule. “And that’s why I will stand today in Purulia holding the flag of this movement challenging the alliance of corrupts,” Yogi told the media.
The Trinamool – BJP war intensified recently when the CBI attempted to enter the residence of Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar but was thwarted by the Kolkata Police. The CBI officials had arrived to question the commissioner in connection to chit-fund scams, yet they faced a showdown from the cops who picked up some of the officials and took them to a police station.
The upcoming elections sound like it will be nothing short of being a Game of Thrones style drama as word has it that BJP plans to target 22 seats in Bengal. The state has 42 seats - the third largest in the parliament after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. However, Didi is in no mood to back down. Like we said: ‘This is Bengal!’