People lose their cool and are totally out of their wits when the noose tightens or a calamity beckons. The painstaking image of Mamata Bannerjee that she has cultivated that she is but a poor and common woman amongst the masses and unwashed millions is now exploding in her face as the Sharada Scam and the Burdwan Bomb blast case creeps up to her very door and chair. Her MPs are incarcerated and one close Minister has skipped off to a private hospital once the CBI wanted to question him and then 'vanished' to 'surface' in a Govt controlled hospital so that he could evade the CBI possibly in the hope that Govt pressure on the hospital would result in favourable reports that prevented his interrogation. Interestingly, when asked, the director of the Govt hospital (SSKM), when asked if the Minister was medically fit for interrogation, said, tongue in cheek that the Minister has no problems in talking! Interestingly, it is reported that the CBI is in no hurry to interrogate the Minister as yet. I am aware that this is a mode adopted to add to the tension, where the 'accused' reaches breaking point and blurt out our of sheer frustration, tension and disgust, only desiring the end of his mental agony. The Minister has high BP and is a diabetic which does not make matters any better for the Minister. The plot thicken. Another Trinamool leader, Asif Khan, who had claimed that Mamata Bannerjee was a 'Bandit Queen' and has also accused her right hand Mukul Roy, is curiously being slapped with case after case and kept in West Bengal Police custody. This is allegedly being done so that the CBI does not get their hands on him as he has much to disclose that is said to make thing hotter for Mamata Bannerjee. The manner in which the Mamata Bannerjee and TMC is reacting does indicate that there is something black in the lentil (heard that phrase in an English debate last night!) For the common man, if there was nothing illegal or to hide, summons for such interrogation could have been attended to and the whole issue be done with. But if one plays a cat and mouse game, then get distraught and abusive, threatens to take to the street, gets the police to 'isolate' a witness from the CBI by slapping case after case, it does not encourage even the most ardent supporter to not have a doubt that within the lentil, there is something black. What a circus that is unfolding.