Mamta and Nitish

I came across many columnists advising Mamta to take some lessons from Nitish and the way he focused on development politics that has made him win the assembly election second time.

Nitish replaced Lalu’s clan with 15 years of indomitable rule. Mamta has made a history throwing left out in Bay of Bengal after 34 years from the writer’s building. In both cases just few years before the change, many including the author thought it something impossible to happen. With thumping win just five years ago in 2006, I considered Budhha to have established himself for a long inning. But Mamata made a sort of miracle in just five years. It may take a lot of time for left to regroup and revitalize for win unless Mamta makes blunders.

I hardly understand the M’s Maa, Manush, and Mati. I wish some young great writers from West Bengal write a good biography of Mamta and her fight against Red with that caption. Nitish has confined himself to ‘litti-chokha’.

Mamta as Chief Minister has better chances than Nitish Kumar for getting West Bengal on the track of rapid development. Mamta had picked up many reputed persons with administrative experiences such as Amit Mitra and Manish Gupta and they won. I wondered why Nitish kept his team full of politicians.

Nitish with his engineering background and experience as minister at centre could also have induced some honest, willing and efficient technocrats and administrators of Bihari origin in to last election fray where the atmosphere was totally in his favour. But he didn’t. Was it his inferiority complex?

Centre because of alliance with Congress will be more cooperative with Mamta and will be more helping. I still believe that leftists did a wonderful job in improving the power and in establishing Haldia even after a lot of hurdles created by the centre.
Kolkata still is home of many billionaire businessmen and headquarters of many industrial houses. Ratan Tata may be feeling embarrassed, but many will like to work with her to change the industrial scenario of the West Bengal that has a long industrial culture.

Mamta will find the biggest hurdle coming not from the left politicians but the CITU leaders who remain the worst in world to damage any attempt of improving work culture in offices and workshops. I don’t know how strong the labour union wing of Mamta’s party is. I will be watching her way she uses for crossing this hurdle for industrial development. Will she defeat them with her strength or with her skill of handling the arrogant and militants?

But Nitish ranks high for his political shrewdness and coolness in dealing with even the worst of his enemies. He is not as ruthless and crude for which Mamta is famous. I wish if Mamta cools down with the responsibility that the popular mandate has provided.

There is one more difference. TMC is entirely Mamta’s baby. The party of Nitish was established and nourished initially by other stalwarts such as George Fernandes, Sarad Yadav and some others who were gradually forced to move on the sideline. Nitish has certainly become the boss today.

I wish Mamta to succeed to bring back the lost glory of Bengal taking lessons from all if she can.

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