Tuesday, March 13, 2012

It's time Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress learnt to be a mature politician and a mature party

Mamata Banerjee is now the chief minister of a large Indian state, and her Trinamool Congress (TMC) is the ruling party. She and the TMC must stop playing the role of street agitators, which was perhaps what they needed to do when they were not in office. She has every right to retain and display her mercurial personality in her speeches in the assembly and in her public statements on national issues. She must learn to be articulate and argue her case. So far Banerjee has not done anything to make her case or prove her point which is her right to do.

Her erratic ways might be of great delight to the media and her silences and her quirky gestures might be great news fodder in the era of shaky coalition politics.  But it does not reflect well either on her, her party on Indian politics as such.

Banerjee needs to be roundly criticised for her politics of silliness instead of being given brownie points for her mindless politicking. Even if she is bargaining for a better financial package for the state, she has to learn to do it in a respectable way.

The media indulged in Lalu Prasad Yadav in the 1990s when he became chef minister of Bihar in the 1990s and it led to to his political fall. If Banarjee does not take note, she will fall from her victory pedestal sooner than later.

India cannot afford the tantrums of Mamata Banerjee. If she does not mend herself, the people will show her the door in the next election.

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