With political tug-of-war between ruling party Trinamool Congress (TMC), and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) & Congress party, the politics in Bengal is getting uglier day by day. West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, who is known for obstructing rallies of her rivals, blocked the way for Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday. The Siliguri Metropolitan police denied permission to Rahul Gandhi’s chopper to land at Siliguri in West Bengal. Rahul Gandhi was scheduled to address a public meeting on April 14 at Siliguri.
Shankar Malakar, senior Congress leader and party’s Lok Sabha candidate from Darjeeling accused Didi of ‘resorting to cheap method’ against her opponents. Malakar lashed out on TMC supremo and said, “disdain shown by the local administration towards our party president as well as star campaigner Rahul Gandhi clearly shows that the Trinamool and its supremo is scared and resorting to such cheap and unconstitutional methods against her opponents.“
Malakar claimed that party gave the application on April 7 with details of the venue and no new dates can be obtained as election in Darjeeling will commence on April 18.
Addressing his first rally in the state at Chanchal in Malda District, Congress president said, “Bengal is being run by just one person. She neither talks to anyone nor takes anybody’s suggestion. She does whatever she feels like.”
Earlier this year in January, TMC government denied permission to BJP chief Amit Shah’s chopper to land at Malda District ahead of his rally. A month later, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who is fast emerging as one of the BJP’s top campaigner addressed people through telephone in South Dinanjpur. TMC government refused landing permission for his helicopter without any prior notice.
Winning elections by dubious means were the hallmark of Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M))’s long reign in Bengal, and TMC government headed by Didi is, seemingly, following their steps. The BJP and Congress leaders accused her of running a dictatorship governance when Kolkata Police detained Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials who came to investigate Commissioner Rajeev Kumar. Within few hours, CBI officials were released but this action proved that she is running a dictatorship government, accused opposition.
West Bengal has a total of 42 Lok Sabha seats, third highest after Uttar Pradesh’s 80 and Maharashtra’ 48. The election result will be declared on May 23 and this will reveal if people of West Bengal support Didi’s alleged dictatorship or democracy as seen in other states of India.