By NVONews.Com Correspondent,
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee’s decision to finally withdraw support from the UPA-II came within two months of the most prominent Congress leader from West Bengal, Pranab Mukherjee, getting elected as President of the country.
Though Mamata Banerjee offered red carpet welcome to the President when he visited his home state last week she initially left no stone unturned to stall his march to Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Now her decision to withdraw support from the UPA has more to do with the decision taken by the ministry ––read finance––headed by Pranab Mukherjee till three months back.
With Rashtrapati from West Bengal, Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) a Rajya Sabha MP from Assam and the woman who is out to jeopardise all the plan of the Congress party, ruling in Kolkata, East India has now come to play much important role in shaping the country’s political destiny. Thus in a way West Bengal is replacing Uttar Pradesh of earlier decades. The state had produced seven of the 13 Prime Ministers the country had produced.
All the Prime Ministers in the first 44 years after independence (1947-1991), from Jawaharlal Nehru to Chandrashekar––barring two and a half years of Morarji Desai––were from UP.
Though West Bengal has not produced any Prime Minister, Mamata is at least trying to pose herself as Prime Minister-maker or PM-wrecker.
Mamata might have done nothing for West Bengal. She might not have brought big investment or industry or there might not have been improvement in law and order situation, but she had at least brought West Bengal back into the political limelight.
Kolkata, which till a century back (1911 exactly), was the administrative capital of the country had since been gradually losing its importance as the political centre of power. But Mamata had at least restored that importance, may be partially.
She kept the then National Democratic Alliance government at tenterhooks between 1999 and 2004. She is doing the same with the United Progressive Alliance-II.
It is to be seen how the Congress, which is now without the service of the seasoned politician, Pranab Mukherjee, overcome this political crisis. Mamata is well aware that with Pranab gone the Congress in West Bengal may not be able to flex its muscle too much.
If Congress wanted to get rid of Mamata in the Centre the latter too would not like to depend too much on Congress.