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CPM : Let Mamta be defeated first !

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is in a fix as only 10 months are left for the state assembly elections and Covid-19 and the super cyclone Amphan have devastated the state. The problems are manifold. First, Governor Jagdeep Dhankar is reportedly on her neck every day raising one issue or the other. Second, BJP is hell bent on alluring her ministers into their fold as they do not have state leaders within the party. Third, CPI (M) continues to pose a bigger challenge that the BJP as the latter does not have foot soldiers in the state. Fourth, Mamata does not see any hope of an alignment with Congress till the time Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is the face of the Congress. The real worrisome situation is with CPI (M). CPM leader Sitaram Yechury raised the issue of free grains and food and MSP purchase in the virtual meeting of all opposition parties organised by Narendra Modi. What surprised everybody was that both Sitaram Yechury and Mamata not only shared the platform but also the line of action. Political observers, however, say that this does not indicate anything, One section of the CPI (M) thinks that Mamata is the biggest enemy, so let her be defeated first, the BJP can be easily handled later on. The Bhadralok of West Bengal is still not tilting towards BJP, despite all-out efforts to mingle with them; they still prefer Mamata. In addition, former President of India Pranab Mukherjee supported Mamta Banerjee in the last assembly elections but after the Bharat Ratna bestowed to him, no one knows where he stands as far as state politics is concerned. Interestingly, Pranab Mukherjee, Sitaram Yechury and Mamata all reportedly have links to the same influential Mumbai business house. Mamata is perturbed and is not discussing election strategies with many leaders as she is totally dependent on the ambitious Prashant Kishore. The top leaders of the Trinamool Congress confide that though the situation is fluid and competition will be tough, Mamata will sail through.

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