Kolkata: It took 40 years for Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee to instill confidence in the people of West Bengal that they should vote for a change in the state. After such a long time, the voters in Bengal feel that they should trust other parties and not stick to Left Front only.

It became possible with the alliance of Congress that the Trinamool leader can smell victory in the coming Assembly polls in Bengal.
“It took many years for people of Bengal to accept that Left Front government can be defeated,” said the Railway Minister, adding it became possible by the victory in the last Assembly polls in Bengal.

In other states, it takes only a few years to bring a change in governance while it took 35 years in Bengal that an anti-government wave has emerged, says Didi, adding that the credit goes to the Congress-Trinamool alliance.

As a young woman in the 1970s, she became the general secretary of the state Mahila Congress and started her political career. 

“From the time when the party was created, she has always linked it with the issues of public interest and raised the land movement to the apex,” said one of her party leaders.

“When Mamata started the Singur movement nobody thought that Tata Group would pull the Nano project out of Singur, but continuous movement made it a reality,” said another Trinamool leader.

Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, Trinamool leader feels, “Had Mamata not left Congress and set up Trinamool Congress it would not have been possible to see the wind of change in the state.”

Congress High Command has already said if there is a change in governance in the state, Mamata Banerjee will be made Chief Minister of the state.

JPN/Bureau