Silchar: Politicians are well versed in the dictum of not keeping their eggs in one basket and use them according to the situation and circumstances. NRC update and in its aftermath of 40 lakh people being left out from the final draft have come handy for the TMC leaders of West Bengal. To reap political mileage out of the deep resentment and anger of people, the leadership first sent a team of six lawmakers to Silchar. They were however detained at Kumbhirgram airport by the district administration of Cachar in view of the apprehended breach of peace and the promulgation of 144 CrPC. They were flown back.
But, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee made a striking point and went hammer and tongs at BJP led NDA government and the Sonowal State government for the ‘serious human crisis’ and cautioned it would lead to bloodshed. NRC, she, perhaps overtaken by political emotion and without trying to understand its implication, thundered would not be in her state of West Bengal. Not only that, she kept the doors of her state open to allow the left outs to take shelter from which she later on retracted. She succeeded in keeping the pot boiling.
Nothing can be well timed than the Panchayat polls to test the ground and its acceptance among the people, knowing fully well its stand on making no difference with the left outs on religious ground. The party’s stand on not supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 to protect Hindu Bengalis is also well known. Still the leaders have to hammer as one of their star campaigners and former Tollywood artiste Satabdi Roy said at an election rally all BJP MPs and MLAs elected from Assam should first resign as they were sent to power by their electorate, many of them listed among the leftovers.
Satabdi Roy could whip up emotion and created ripples. To take it to the pitch, Santanu Sen, Rajya Sabha MP, and Shahjahan Ali Mandal, chairman, Bidhannagar municipal corporation, along with two other members, Dr Sanjib Banerjee and Shah Alam went round the valley, appealing the people to vote for their candidates in the panchayat elections. Dr Santanu Sen and Shahjahan Ali Mandal addressed election rallies at Bhagabazaar in Cachar and Matijuri in Hailakandi. They reminded their leader Mamata Banerjee has been vociferously vocal from the day 40 lakh plus people of Assam were left out of NRC. It was their party which had raised the issue in both the Houses of Parliament. They did not stop here. Their supremo Mamata Banerjee is projected as the next Prime Minister of India, ending Narendra Modi raj.
In fact, in the political scenario of Assam, TMC has yet to find a place of consequence. The only seat of Hajo was won by its candidate Dwipen Pathak, an unknown face in politics, in 2011 assembly elections. After that, the party has failed to build up any support base. Can TMC in the given situation vis-à-vis NRC find space against the heavy presence of BJP, AGP, Congress and AIUDF? From all reckoning, TMC might try to indulge in political gimmickry, taking advantage of people’s resentment over NRC, but it has to walk miles to find green pastures.