West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is a known street fighter. She has all the qualities to take anyone head on if she chooses to do so. (Mamata Banerjee terms army’s presence at toll booths ‘military coup’)
After demonetisation, she has rallied the Opposition against Narendra Modi government’s decision to ban Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes on November 8. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal have also been competing with the Bengal chief minister in opposing demonetisation. But it’s Didi who has made most out of this cash crunch. She has become a pain in the neck of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The allegation of Military Coup like situation comes a day after she alleged that she was put in danger while flying from Patna to Kolkata in an Indigo aircraft. She alleged her flight was short of fuel. Please note, she was not alone in the aircraft. It was raised in parliament and her MPs were assured that nothing of such magnitude had happened. There was no danger to life to anyone abroad that Indigo flight.
Just a day after, she came up with this new idea of locking herself in office to protest against the army deployment on toll plazas. However, army refused the allegation, but the fight is on. With all her abilities, Mamata is set to emerge as the principal opposition to the current dispensation. How another master politician Narendra Modi would tackle the Didi storm is another matter. Wait and watch as Indian politics is never void of drama. ( Manohar Parrikar rebuts Mamata Banerjee’s allegations: ‘Army’s routine practice being politicised’)
Apart from Arvind Kejriwal’s charge of a Rs. 8 lakh crore scam involving demonetisation and Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter hacking saga, Mamata Banerjee’s latest move of staying in office all night to get army removed from all toll plazas in West Bengal has become big news of the day. Why not? After all we rarely hear words like Military Coup in our democracy. We all believe that our political system is insulated from any such threats.
First she tried to unite all those opposing demonetisation under her leadership but failed to strike a chord with likes of Nitish Kumar and Akhilesh Yadav, who initially supported the demonetisation move in principle. Then, she hit the Delhi streets with Kejriwal. Now, she has turned it into her personal fight against Prime Minister Modi and the BJP-led government at the Centre.
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