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Issue No.: 571 | January 2015
 

Mamata’s Ire

Ashok Karnik
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The mercurial Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal...

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The mercurial Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, got enmeshed in her own rhetoric when faced with two serious criminal cases with long-term consequence in her State. Instead of acting with prudence and caution, she reacted as she used to as an opposition leader. She hit back at the messenger instead of attending to the contents of the message. As the Saradha Chit Fund scam (Ponzi scheme) that cheated lakhs of investors, started unravelling and bringing important TMC leaders into the police net, Mamatadidi took offence with the investigating agency (CBI) calling it the tool of the Centre. To add to her burden, the Burdwan bomb blast investigation by the NIA (another Central agency) started exposing a much wider terrorist conspiracy. Mamata and TMC, instead of cooperating with the Centre, accused it of targeting her Government and challenged it to dismiss it if it dared! Their bravado was wasted. The plot could not have gone more astray. Here was growing evidence that it was a plot hatched by the Jamaat ul-Mujahideen, Bangladesh to establish a network in WB and Assam to carry out attacks against the Sheikh Hasina Government in Bangladesh. The TMC treated it as an attack on Muslims by the BJP-led Central Government, all for the sake of protecting the Muslim following of the TMC. Political interests of TMC trumped national interests!
COUNTER POINT

Mamatadidi and her TMC colleagues tried to defend the indefensible by attacking the Central Government for creating communal rift as the Burdwan blast accused happened to belong to a minority community. They chose a wrong target alleging that Ajit Doval, the National Security Adviser, was an RSS man. NSA’s political association was not relevant to the issue but the TMC wanted to hang on to some argument. NSA needs to be professionally sound. Doval is an outstanding intelligence expert, which should be enough for anybody. His affiliation or non-affiliation to the RSS does not change the nature of the Burdwan conspiracy or the Saradha scam. TMC made a serious error of judgment in blaming the Centre for both crimes as pointing a finger at the Center made TMC’s evasion more conspicuous, not less. TMC’s distress is understandable but it needs to put national security interests above its political gains or losses. Its argument that infiltration from Banagladesh is the Centre’s responsibility is reasonable enough but it is the location of the terrorist cell in Burdwan and the bomb-making factories there that should be the state government’s responsibility. TMC cannot wish it away. It is of course capable of claiming that the bombs were made by the RSS/ Doval in Nagpur! In political rhetoric, logic has no place and Mamataji is famous for her tangential thinking. That is her strength and weakness both.
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