Is Mamata Banerjee pushing herself as alternative to PM Modi?

Mamata’s role may come into play in the upcoming presidential elections as the party holds considerable seats in parliament with 34 members in Lok Sabha.

Written by Kanishka Singh | New Delhi | Updated: December 1, 2016 6:32 pm
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The Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA government is halfway into its term and battlelines are already being drawn in the heated political space. A strong third front is slowly emerging against the BJP and another major player is West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee. She has assumed a heightened role in the Capital’s political proceedings and remains an important power broker in the near future as well.

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Mamata’s role may come into play in the upcoming presidential elections as the party holds considerable seats in parliament with 34 members in Lok Sabha. More importantly for the presidential elections, it holds 12 seats in Rajya Sabha.

Mamata has also emerged as a leader who may possibly lead a front against the BJP and press for prime ministership alongside another prospective candidate Janata Dal (United) chief and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. Though Mamata has insisted on playing a backroom role, she will take on a central position in the fight against the BJP.

Mamata has insisted that BJP has benefited from disunity in the opposition. She has now started attempts to rally together Opposition parties from states and in parliament to lead a united front against BJP. Her Bharat Yatra against the Centre’s demonetisation scheme gives proof of her ambitions of moving out of the confines of state politics.

She has kept up agitation against the BJP from Delhi calling for mass participation and revolt over demands for demonetisation rollback. Inside parliament, TMC leaders have joined with other Opposition members’ fever pitch to take on the ruling party.

Mamata has still kept the option open to ally with the Congress. She is understood to be in touch with Omar Abdullah’s National Conference and the Nationalist Congress Party. She has openly praised AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and shared a stage with him against PM Modi. She may keep the relationship between TMC and AAP alive for the future. Mamata is also understood to be interested in discussing a tie-up with Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti chief Hardik Patel among many others.

The picture is still clearing up. However, it seems the Congress will not be the strongest party in its coalition next term. Mamata may slot in a more powerful position come 2019.

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First Published on: November 30, 2016 7:05 pm
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    Anshu
    Dec 1, 2016 at 3:58 am
    Modi must resign and hand over power to Didi who is only leader who can handle such situation and save country. After every ping day life becoming impossible for people and Modi has no solution after throwing country into dump.
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      indian
      Nov 30, 2016 at 3:28 pm
      She hasn't a chance. Scam tainted, foul mouthed politician
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        Chander Pal
        Nov 30, 2016 at 3:47 pm
        Some of the traits of Didi. 1. Her repulsive stare. 2. Her penchant for freebies. 3. Her history of chasing away industry. 4. Her positioning of being deeper red than the commies. And not to forget her statement that she is sorry that she was born in a Brahmin family
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          Dinesh
          Dec 6, 2016 at 7:36 am
          I wonder this Pig Mamata wears any Knickers
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            Lovely
            Dec 1, 2016 at 12:49 pm
            Bengal Begum will never ever be PM of this country. If by default she becomes then the country may go to dogs.
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              Lovely
              Dec 1, 2016 at 12:53 pm
              Have you used it?
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                Lovely
                Dec 1, 2016 at 12:56 pm
                Italian Pappu will give good dreams
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                  Lovely
                  Dec 1, 2016 at 12:56 pm
                  You are agitated
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                    Lovely
                    Dec 1, 2016 at 12:55 pm
                    You are natural
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                      Lovely
                      Dec 1, 2016 at 12:52 pm
                      You dream , no tax for that
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                        Lovely
                        Dec 1, 2016 at 12:54 pm
                        Your Italian Queen by 1000 years
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                          Srividya Jayaraman
                          Nov 30, 2016 at 3:48 pm
                          He is right. He is not misusing.Just because he is supporting Modi doesnt means he is misusing. Yes India will become unfortunate when minority appeasing leader becomes PM.
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                            Srividya Jayaraman
                            Nov 30, 2016 at 3:55 pm
                            Yes the TMC has goons who trash people who don't vote for her. During elections once can hear the news of TMC goons trashing people. So people naturally outnog fear vote.for her and she wins majority.
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                              Srividya Jayaraman
                              Dec 1, 2016 at 9:01 am
                              Because she has gang of goondas who will threaten if the common man doesn't vote for them. Every time during election you can hear the news.
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                                Srividya Jayaraman
                                Dec 1, 2016 at 9:04 am
                                By making India Islamic country and making all Hindus converting to Islam. People of other States.and educated ones are not fools. Looks like you are illiterate who deserve to have her ed PM.
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                                  Srividya Jayaraman
                                  Dec 1, 2016 at 9:02 am
                                  Let him travel. What's your problem moron.
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                                    MyTake
                                    Nov 30, 2016 at 5:57 pm
                                    Proverb says: Elephants and Horses drowned under Modi wave and now Mosquito is asking to test the water!!
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                                      MyTake
                                      Nov 30, 2016 at 5:59 pm
                                      Rahul tested the water then AK tested it!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Now it's Mumu's turn!!
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                                        MyTake
                                        Nov 30, 2016 at 6:35 pm
                                        This lady terms everyone as Maoists and Communists if she fails to answer their queries for lack of proper knowledge! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Such the length and breadth of her world of politics! It's only suited to Bengal and don't burden others with her knowledge!
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                                          sachin
                                          Nov 30, 2016 at 6:12 pm
                                          She cares more for Bangladesh... So alternative to sheikh hasena??
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                                            SubbuI
                                            Dec 1, 2016 at 1:14 pm
                                            MAMTA OR RAHUL HI MAY OR MAY NOT BECOME PRIME MINISTER. AND THEY NEVER SAIS SO. BUT THEY WIIL EXPOSE THIS DICTATOR NALAYAK NMODI THERE ARE LOT OF CAPABLE AND QUALIFIED PEOPLE IN INDIA TO LEAD COUNTRY.THIS TUGHLAQ NMODI IS DISASTER TO INDIA AND MUST BE THROWN OUT
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