Kolkata: With newly appointed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee taking full charge of the office, the intellectuals who helped the Bengal fire-brand catapult to the Chief Ministerial post are demanding their share in power. They are asking for reward for their efforts that led the Trinamool Congress to a landslide victory in the West Bengal Assembly elections.

However, the dilemma faced by Banerjee is the disproportion between the available posts and her helpers and well-wishers waiting in queue. Therefore, it is likely that people very close to the Chief Minister will be accommodated in various academies as their heads.

Taking cognizance of the possibility, people have already started lining up to become heads of cultural centres like Bangla Akademi, Bangla Natya Akademi and Satyajit Ray Film Institute.

It is still unknown as to intellectuals like theatre personality Bibhash Chakraborty, Arpita Ghosh, Kaushik Sen, painter Shubh Prasanna, Sameer Aich, poet Shankh Ghosh, Tarun Sanyal, Jai Goswami, actress Arpana Sen, Pratul Mukhopadhyay and others will occupy which post and where.

Since Bratya Basu has already bagged the cabinet status, it is expected that the intellectuals who actively participated in Mamata’s campaign from the forefront will sit at the helm of academic affairs in the state.

Intellectuals like Kaushik Sen, Suman Mukhopadhyay were quite engaged in toppling the Left Front, but were leading the movement from behind.

Under the given circumstances, the resentment among the intellectual circle may grow as Mamata will find it hard to satisfy one and all. Few of the intellectuals who understand the scenario are maintaining a distance.

Therefore, chances are rife that Mamata can create some posts in arts,culture and literature areas to satisfy more and more of her intellectual brigade.

JPN/Bureau