Mamata had two fears, rather call it phobia. She cannot tolerate CPI(M) – this can be justified as she spent her whole life fighting them. So the trap of CPI(M) became successful. Biman, Buddha and Gautam have been trying for a long time to create a distance between Congress and Trinamool. Now the FDI and the diesel price hike gave them the long desired opportunity.
The CPI(M) in the past committed the blunder by leaving the UPA-I government. They could have fought the nuclear policy better by remaining within the UPA fold. The fatal consequences are known to everyone today. The same blunder was committed by Mamata and her desire for overreaching herself will in the long run turn her to a cipher.
TMC is nothing more than a regional party in spite of a few seats gained outside Bengal. If Mamata wants to wield real power she must be with a larger coalition. She cannot fight alone. Her socialist policy is not very much different from that of Congress. She can never gain the socialist credentials even after all her fight against market economy. With all her support for the poor and marginalized farmers, Mamata will never be seen as a leftist. She unnecessarily shows the over vaulting ambition to pose as a socialist. It is not possible for her to convince the outside world that she is a leftist since she rose to power only by defeating the communists.
What she has done in the name of protest against FDI or diesel price hike, is nothing but die hard foolishness. She will rue her loss very soon. She will fail to do any good to the country. She will not be able to stop the reforms as there are many new friends like Nitish Kumar and old friends like Mulayam who politically ditched her during the presidential elections. This time Akhilesh Yadav came to her only a few days ago and again the same ditching. Mamata becomes the scapegoat while others are basking in the warmth of special economic package. Not only Mulayam, surprisingly even Nitish is in the line.
All tragic heroes are alone and so is Mamata. In a bid to desist CPI(M) from organising a bandh, she has played the trump card, in fact, she over used it. She lost credibility. Honesty is good but honesty without tact is foolishness and yields very little result. Today only a few flatterers stand behind her. CPI(M) will now get closer to Congress and Congress in the state will again be their B-Team to tease her helplessness. Public memory is very short. In Panchayat elections she may have an upper hand, but gradually the euphoria will be over, and in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections it may totally fade.
With almost empty exchequer, Mamata should not have taken such a histrionic step when the special package was being prepared for her state. Now it will go to Bihar, UP or elsewhere. Good governance is not possible without money. Sweet words or revolutionary ideals cannot ensure good governance. It is not palatable to many, but it is truth. Bacon wrote that ornaments cannot be made from pure gold, alloy is to be mixed with it for giving it endurabilty and strength. This alloy is political tact which rulers like Md. Bin Tughlaq always lacked. Too many emotions for a ruler are never regarded as sanity. Only Kalidas cut the branch of the tree on which he sat. It was never appreciated by anybody.