West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee by refusing to share the stage with the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram during inauguration of the regional centre of National Security Guards has made it aptly clear that that she will not spare any opportunity to discomfort the Congress led government at the Centre. Mamata is miffed at the Centre because like other Chief Ministers, she too believes that the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), which is going to get operational by March 1, will infringe upon the rights of the states. Though there is no direct link between the setting up of the regional centre of NSG and the NCTC, Mamata Banerjee chose not to confront Chidambaram. Therefore at the last moment she decided to skip the function and send two inconsequential ministers who had nothing to do with the law and order. This clearly proves that Mamata Banerjee is lapping up every opportunity to trouble the Congress. Mamata’s attitude has raised many eyebrows as the credibility of the alliance is being questioned.

Despite being an ally of the Congress, the TMC seems to be acting as an opposition. On several occasions Mamata had forced the government to roll back its decisions on important matters. If the government was forced to withdraw implementation of FDI in the retail sector, Mamata Banarjee is to be credited. Similarly, at the last moment Mamata stood in opposition to the Lokpal Bill in the Parliament and now she is objecting to the NCTC. The Teesta water dispute between Bangladesh and India could not be resolved only due to Mamata’s opposition. The Centre is trying hard to persuade her on the matter but she refused to relinquish any ground for the alliance partner. Moreover, she has now raised objection over the Farakka Dam. Mamata’s attitude has time and again proved that she is not interested in being a part of coalition politics. It is better that the Congress looks for an alternative to the TMC as Mamata Banerjee is least bothered in changing her stance. Moreover, with her attitude she has kept the matters of national interest on hold.