“The first step in solving a problem is to recognise that it does exist”. That’s a quote attributed to American author Zig Ziglar and what West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee seems to have drawn inspiration from.
After decades of grassroots struggle and popular anti-land acquisition movement, Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress defeated the Left Front in the 2011 Legislative Assembly election – bringing to end the communist parties’ 34-year rule in the state. For years since that victory, the TMC had little political opposition in the state.
TMC’s sear share in the 294-member House jumped from 184 seats in 2011 to 211 in 2016 as the opposition Congress and the Left front sunk.
However, over the last few years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) has shown a dramatic electoral rise in the eastern state—posing a tough challenge for Banerjee as she hopes to win a third consecutive term in office.