Mamta Banerjee: Read Biography of Mamata.The girl has sincerity and a dream and is destined to rise said legendary Bengali poet late Subhas Mukhopadhyay once and the girl he was talking about was Mamta Banerjee who has risen up to topple 34 years old left front government in West Bengal. There are three attributes of didi, which make her what she is. Firstly she has a very sharp mind, a mind that can read trends, spot opportunities and smell support when the world sees none. Her agitationist attitude matches this sharp intellect. Whenever she does not have her way, opponents know she can resort to any method to drag them on the same page as hers. She has always been as simple wearing plain saris and no jewels at all.
She began her political career with congress to fulfill her father’s dream who was a small time trader and a grass root congress worker. She joined the student wing of congress and went on to stun everyone when she made Somnath Chatterjee lose Jadavpur seat in her maiden Lok Sabha contest.
She broke away from congress when the party started to warm upto left and this is how All-India Trinamool Congress happened which went onto become the principal opposition in Bengal and now the party in power as well.She has held positions as a union minister in alliance with NDA and UPA as well. Her latest stint was as railways minister under UPA until she won assembly elections in West Bengal and went on to become chief minister of the state.
It was the Singur episode where she fought for the rights of poor farmers and frustrated urban voters who wanted development that Mamta really gained from to put an end to left’s years old run. This can in no way undermine what she did to wrest power from left. She shows exemplary courage while challenging the very government she is a part of if her views on issues are not given weightage. As chief minister she has got grand plans for West Bengal where she reportedly has expressed her will to turn Kolkata into London and Darjeeling into another Switzerland.