Mamata Bannerjee puts up brave face, says game’s not over

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    KOLKATA: Trapped in a corner by pushing political brinkmanship too far, chief minister Mamata Banjerjee on Friday fought to salvage her image, saying, "The game is not over. Wait till tomorrow. I will not deviate from my stand." This triggered speculation that she may be discreetly building bridges with the BJP-led NDA, which is due to announce its stand on the Presidential polls on Saturday,

    Her gamble having backfired, Mamata stands isolated in the political scene. Irrespective of whether Pranab Mukherjee becomes president or not, the Trinamool Congress's bitter honeymoon with the Congress is over. It's just a matter of time, although Pranab seemed to hold the door open for her, saying Mamata was like a "sister" and he expected her support. She will find the NDA option difficult, too, for fear of antagonizing her minority support base.

    Typical of her tendency to take political gambles to extreme levels, Mamata left no escape door for herself. The Trinamool has no option but to quit UPA, and Mamata will be left with the difficult job of running the debt-ridden state without the Centre's help.

    Mamata's predicament is almost a repeat of 2001, when she walked out of NDA in a huff. Her party was nearly wiped out in the next Lok Sabha and assembly elections — in 2004, she was the lone Trinamool MP and in 2006 the party won a mere 30 seats in the Bengal assembly. She is in a much stronger position now, which may have spurred her into taking an audacious gamble.

    Mamata may have tried to get back at the Congress for being denied a moratorium on the debt. But her calculations to weaken the Congress and emerge as the leader of a powerful group on the national scene boomeranged. If anything, UPA has emerged strong and Congress now has a golden chance to dump a "troublesome baggage".

    The Bengal chief minister may have already made up her mind to leave the company of Congress in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections but she seems to have played her cards too soon.

    Mamata's biggest mistake, perhaps, was that she banked too much on Mulayam Singh Yadav, who has a history of flip-flops. Party insiders say that she might have been misguided by some new advisors and a few aides of Mulayam. Mamata, however, condoned the Samajwadi Party chief's U-turn, saying: "Politicians have many compulsions."

    Many Trinamool leaders were unhappy with her decision to oppose Pranab's candidature, but they did not dare speak up, say sources.

    True to character, Mamata took a confrontational attitude from the start, rather than try out other methods of getting her message across. It is not clear what was Mamata's logic in joining hands with Mulayam, more so when her link to the Samajwadi Party chief is Kiranmoy Nanda, who was a minister for 29 years in the Left Front government. But it's apparent that she couldn't read the situation properly.

    Mamata believed that the Congress has lost credibility with the fuel price hike and rising inflation, and that it stands little chance in the next election. She, perhaps, reasoned that if she could humiliate Congress in the Presidential polls and set the platform for mid-term polls, she could increase her bargaining power at the Centre. With the Left still reeling, Mamata hoped to win an overwhelming number of the 40 Lok Sabha seats and play king-maker in national politics.

    The gamble failed. Now, for all practical purposes out of UPA, the CM will find it increasingly difficult to manage things in the state in the coming two years. Delhi is sure to tighten the purse strings further now. Mamata could have also done with the Centre's help in dealing with issues like Darjeeling and the Maoist violence. Besides, Trinamool may have to give up the prize portfolio of the railways.

    Some political observers feel that even if Mamata had reservations against Pranab Mukherjee becoming President she should have realized that she would not be able to block it. If she let it pass, it would have given her an opportunity to build a new equation with the new finance minister and try to secure a financial bailout package for Bengal.

    It was, perhaps, the wrong decision to take when she is under no threat in Bengal, at least for the moment. CPM is still in no position to gain from her humiliation. The impact, if any, of Mamata's loss of face will be seen in the panchayat polls.
    Mamata Banjerjee puts up brave face, says game’s not over - The Times of India
     
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    Mamata is too tricky and she is capable of anything.
     
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    mamta can go to hell
     
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    That would be fine, but she has the acumen to drag all along with her to the nether world.

    That is what is most discomfiting.
     
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    She is in a very tight spot at this moment. We can expect her to lie low for some time and then come back with a bang. This is the time for the GOI to carry out the initiatives with BD that didi had been stalling for some time now.
     
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    What I find funny is how she thinks of this as a "game". So politicking on the President candidate, something that is a non-issue as far as Bengal is considered is a "game" for her. I think with this she also lost the chance of getting some sort of a debt relief package that Bengal was going to get. Bad luck for Punjab and Kerela as well as they were going to get some too thanks to her.

    But good for the central govt.'s finances as there is no need for more fiscal burden on them now. The net issue is who will be the FM?
     
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    She is in a tight spot.

    She cannot go to the BJP and canvass because she will lose the Muslim votes she has worked so had to garner.

    So, where is the escape route?
     
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    Mamta overestimated her capacity to dictate terms. What this has actually done for the congress is to break the shackles. Mamta by calling this pres poll as a "game" has clearly exposed herself as someone who was blackmailing to get her job done and also trying to form a gang against the center. Mullah as usual proved the eternal unreliable partner and switched sides at the crunch time. I think he is looking for a package for UP so that his son can consolidate his hold on the state and this will help the congress too in UP.
     
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    If we are talking about blackmail, we have seen it all the time being played on the hapless Mulayam and Mayawati and how Laloo is but a lapdog!

    Mamata Bannerjee has not fallen in that trap as yet wherein cases are registered and waved at the opportune moments.

    Notwithstanding, Mamata overestimates her prowess and thinks she is some sort of a Messiah and a Daniel come to Judgement, both of which she is not!

    Indian politics is not honest, but a charade of false propriety and probity when it actually is a cesspool of intrigues, corruption, corrupt practices and shenanigans.

    Have the investigating agencies and the police out of the grasp of the Govts, Centre and State and you will find a real Resurgent India.

    Jagan Reddy today is being declared a crook. But then he inherited his father, YSR's riches. How come YSR was an honest man and was not investigated?

    Sometimes I tend to believe that Anna's Lokpal Bill was deliberately scuttled by all political parties since all are tainted.
     
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    Add that anti left vote will be divided.
    congress still has 15% vote in west bengal,
    bjp has 5%.net loss 10% if she join bjp.
    10% is a big number in politics.
     
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    The game is over mir jafar mamta.
     
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    Mamata Banerjee is idiot, and people who elected her are bigger idiots.

    She is the reason why regional parties are seen as nuisance in Indian political scenario.

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    Mamata Banjerjee puts up brave face

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    Is it brave face or ugly face????:tsk::tsk::rofl::rofl:
     
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    Whether it's a game or not, she actually gained a little respect from me (before it was zero). Whatever maybe the reason, she didn't do chamchagiri to congress despite the odds. Most importantly she sticked to her guns rooting for Kalam as the president, rather than that incompetent and useless current FM converting as president.
     
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    Tell me the reason what wrong did she do in this scenario? And how exactly this becames a nuisance?
     
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    She made full plans to destabilize the government. Everyone understood the "game". Probably you didn't :)
     
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    I thought that is what all over India currently wants.. isn't it? Fall of disgusting UPA-II and election of kalam as president is what the majority of the Indians want currently. Even if she is playing the game.. since when is the presidential election supposed to be endorsed by the ruling party compulsorily and has to be endorsed by all the supporting parties in the govt.? The post of the president is supposed to be upholding the Indian consitution in letter and spirit. Just because congress is installing dummy presidents now, it doesn't make it a correct way.

    How exactly the proposal of presidential candidates became a full plan to destabilize the govt? Doesn't that mean you and many others already believe that congress will kick TMC out of the group just because they did not like the presidential candidate congress proposed?

    And yeah i forgot.. our dear 'secular' congress is not interested in Kalam because people see him more as a patriot rather than by his religious affiliation.:rolleyes:
     
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    Her "game" is not a good precedent though there have been other precedents. The whole country wants the fall of the government. If Mamta wants to pull down the government, all she has to do is withdraw support. It's that easy. But no she wants to actually prove she is the boss when she is not.
     
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    Given the way the Politics of this country functions, as it has been proved time and again, even if one does not like Mamata Bannerjee and her ways, one cannot rubbish her claim that the whole issue is murky,

    It is rather unusual for Mulayam to do a backflip within the day, just after meeting the ringmaster and Mistress of the Game!
     
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    For once, why couldn't we ask ourself some simple questions which we were supposed to ask? Does it really matter what her intensions are? Did she hinted at any withdrawal? If someone wants to feel they are the boss.. let them. Why do we have to scoff at them when their actions will result in good for the country? How are we so sure that she wants to pull down the govt.? Once again, how the proposal of a presidential candidate which is not in the interest of congress becomes an automatic sign of trying to pull down the govt? Looks like some introspection is needed!!
     

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