Mamata and Jaya: the self-destruction of political divas

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  1. Vyom

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    When Mamata Banerjee and Jayalalithaa stormed to power in May last year with massive mandates in their respective states, they justifiably gave rise to widespread optimisim that they would leverage their political stability – and their virtual unassailable hold on their party – to offer good governance.

    After more than three decades of Left Front rule in West Bengal, and after five years of the DMK’s monumental corruption in Tamil Nadu, god knows the people of the two states deserved it too.

    In the absence of a strong Opposition in their states, given the extent of their electoral sweep, both political divas had room enough to swing their arms and make a distinctive mark with policy initiatives in their first six months in office.

    [​IMG]The two political Prima Donnas are letting down people's expectations.

    Yet, like easily inflamed prima donnas who are constantly massaging their egos, the two have virtually “invented” an opposition and cramped themselves into mindless political posturing and petty partisanship that does little justice to the size of their mandates that let them go boldly beyond pandering to their constituencies.

    Today, after barely seven months in office, ironically, both of them are at serious risk of squandering their political goodwill with the people who elected them to power.

    In a curious way, both Mamata and Jayalalithaa have allowed themselves to be haunted excessively by the ghosts from their past.

    In Tamil Nadu, the five years of DMK rule under M Karunanidhi, during which its leaders were shown up to be colossal plunderers on a scale that shocked even an India that has long been inured to corruption, had generated sufficient revulsion – and given Jayalalithaa an epochal mandate.

    So widespread was the revulsion against the Karunanidhi regime’s record of corruption that when the Jayalalithaa government began arresting DMK leaders on charges of land grab and corruption, the geriatric leader’s feeble squawks alleging vendetta gained no traction.

    But with characteristic imperiousness that marks her, Jayalalithaa overreached and began reversing virtually every one of Karunanidhi’s decisions with a zeal that bordered on the excessive. Some of these reversals – the decision to convert the brand-new Assembly complex and a state-of-the-art public library for children into public hospitals – appeared to be born of sheer cussedness and an inability to break out of the cycle of retributive politics. Even the curriculum of school textbooks was caught up in tug-of-war politics that saw two months’ school time go for waste.

    By the end of 2011, Jayalalithaa had already given in to paranoia and dismissed her long-time confidante Sasikala Natarajan and her family from her Poes Garden residence on charges of attempting to stage a ‘palace coup’. And on Saturday, her party supportersattacked the offices of Tamil magazine Nakkheeran, which had carried a scurrilous article suggesting that she is a “beef-eating Brahmin”.

    Over in West Bengal, Mamata too has marked her seven months in office with conduct that distinguishes her very little from her days as a grandstanding, hectoring Opposition streetfighter given to political gimmicks. It’s as if the realisation that she now heads the government in the state hasn’t yet dawned on her.

    And like Jayalalitha, Mamata too has virtually invented an opposition for herself – since the Left Front is still licking its wounds from the stunning defeat of last year. After spiking many of the central government’s proposals and embarrassing the UPA of which she is a constituent, she has now served an ultimatum to the state unit of the Congress to leave the coalition.

    Much of these wranglings go to the core of Mamata’s perceived need to cast herself in the role of people’s champion through grandstanding and political invective – rather than offer sober governance that does justice to the mandate she’s earned.

    Like Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu, Mamata has failed to convert her moment of triumph last year into a platform for offering good governance. She too has yielded too readily to the temptation to take the low road of partisan politics in the belief that posturing and bluster will compensate for the lack of administrative action.

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    Let the UPA fall and have the parties of these two leaders as allies in the next coalition at the centre. Then there will be many articles singing praises instead of criticism.

    It is wrong to say that the opposition in both the states is weak. Infact the mandate against the former ruling parties was huge but it was an impulsive one.
    The oppositions in these states still have a very strong base.
    In TN's case it was 2G+media hype and some other minor issues at the state level along with incumbency.
    In WB without the events of Singur, Nandigram and the Media Blitz nothing could have toppled the Left.
     
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    Both have a strong backing in their state, at least for the moment.
     
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    Didi wants fresh elections now because she will gain most whereas in 2 years time she would not shine as much as now. Plus if in UP, punjab etc congress gains along with sp then they will have numbers to pass lokpal in rajya sahba.

    Its all politics.
     
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    Actually the corporate media was hailing Buddhadeb Bhattacharya before Nandigram. For Mamata, the unfolding events w.r.t. the Tata Nano plant and the easy accessibility to the Maoists was a lifetime opportunity she could not have afforded to miss.
     
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    She should have withdrawn support in august or September itself.

    The SP will be in INC pocket if it supports the the toothless Lokpal with a strong Lokayukta clause.
    Their future state govt will be under INC control where the Lokayukta can be used by the centre to keep the state govt totally under their control.
     
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    I used to think it was their parties behind (or their collective leadership - Politburo alike) who did policy making and implementation through their organs / outlets either top down or bottom up, while leading politicians like Mamata or Jaya mostly served as interface to constituencies. In that case their individual charisma or personal 'preferences' didn't count much most of time.

    My thinking must be wrong for Indian politics though.
     
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    Indian politics is not for the faint hearted.
     
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    So according to these media, not-toeing-kangrez'-line == self-destruction-of-party?
     
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    Politics in any country is not for faint-hearted. Politics in every region is complex. In the present world, generally, politics is also corrupt.

    ohimalaya,
    Indian parties, with the exception of BJP, are generally driven by a single leader. His/her views/opinions/bias/beliefs play the decisive role in framing the policies of party. Further, these leaders try to perpetuate dynasty by trying to promote their sons/daughters(or other kith & kin) as the successor of the party. So, the political party is seen as a personal property of the leader. There is no hint of professionalism. Anyone who pleases the leader rises and anyone who displeases the leader loses. There is no questioning. If ever there is questioning, then it only signifies that the leader has weakened and may be replaced by another.
     
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    How about the Communist parties?
     
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    Yep, communists also...

    Although, the 'intellectual wing' of commies has played an important role in perpetuating the G dynasty.
     
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    Both Mamta and Jaylalitha want early election so that both can win majority of seats again in their respective states. It's all political reason.

    Regional parties are mostly opportunist but there can't be any solution in near future as people do vote to them. Also, Most of the political parties are run by 1 person. So, They are mostly rigid with very less scope of flexibility.

    Mamta doesn't need Congress, So all these War of Words.
     
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    All political parties are Opportunists.

    People vote for " regional parties" because they focus and deliver on regional and immediate issues concerning states.
     
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    I think all the players try to maximise their share/influence/power. They have no other interest. Loyalty, alliance, friendship, animosity, betrayal,...etc are temporary. Two parties come together when they both think that they have something to gain by it. When, one of them believes that they can get a better bargain by going alone, they will do so. As simple as that.

    Kangrez wants as many regional allies as possible. Regional parties want as many seats as possible. And they will avoid allying with Kangrez, if they can help it.

    Mamta and Jaya came to power through landslide victories riding a wave of anti-incumbency against the erst-while regimes. They would want to capitalize before anti-incumbency sets in for their regimes as well. Allying with Kangrez, in present circumstances, is not advisable given the large corruption taint and utter failure on all fronts.
     
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    Let them at least complete 1 yr in office before concluding if their path is suicidal or sustainable.
     
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    @ johnee , :thumb:

    any reason for the funny name - Kangrez ? :confused:
     
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    :lol: it's quite a brain teaser for me. Guess Kangrez = Congress

    u cant blame those players. In fact it's the audience (voters) who drive their behavioral patterns.
     
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    Yes, All political parties are opportunist but regional parties are much more. At Least national parties thinks for national interest for most of the time if not always. But most of time regional parties withdraw support just because of electoral gain/loss in 1 out of 29 states.

    We need One party government in center. For last 20-25 years or so, All center Government is running on mercy of regional parties. They do blackmail politics all the time. One party rule is still better than collision government, IMHO. Congress+ or BJP+ are still better as per individual political biased opinion but People should not vote to 3rd front/regional parties.
     
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    I think its a reference to 'angrez' because of their alleged European connection? :scared2:
     
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