Didi VS CBI: Why India Should Not Take Mamata Banerjee and her Mahagathbandhan Lightly

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Didi VS CBI: Why India Should Not Take Mamata Banerjee and her Mahagathbandhan Lightly

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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ight years since she decimated the seemingly invincible 34-year-old Left Front government in West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee is back on the streets. This time with the single-point agenda of ousting the BJP from the Centre.

Currently, Banerjee has launched a dharna in the streets of Kolkata, in protest of the CBI questioning Kolkata Police Chief Rajeev Kumar over alleged misconduct during the investigation of the chit fund scam. It’s a bold move, a clear statement of intent, with Banerjee placing herself across the battlefield from the BJP’s veteran campaigners at the Centre, Modi and Shah. It’s galvanised her support from Opposition leaders across the country, as leaders from parties as diverse as the Congress and the PDP have spoken out in support of Banerjee. It’s ironic for a sitting CM to be engaged in a protest, but whether this turns out to be a foolish gamble or a high risk/high reward scenario is yet to be seen.

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