New Delhi: With the announcement of Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s name as the UPA candidate for the Presidential election, several political parties came forward in support of Mukherjee. Even SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, who was apparently busy with Trinamool Chief Mamata Banerjee to forge a new anti-Congress alliance, declared his party’s support for Pranab’s candidature on Friday evening. But Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is still not ready to budge from her stand on contesting the poll for the top constitutional post with missile-man AJP Abdul Kalam.

Now the question is- why Mamata is so estranged with Pranab Mukherjee? She is still not ready to change her stand even after being well aware that her two-day old alliance with SP has become redundant and her new-found friend Mulayam Singh Yadav has deserted her.

Moreover, she is ready to pay any cost but not ready to support Pranab. It seems that if Mamata will not change her stand then her party’s ouster from UPA will become quite imminent. Moreover, Congress is once again apparently teaming up with Left after 2008 to have easy way for Pranab Mukherjee in his march to Raisina Hill.

The hatred of Mamata Banerjee for Pranab Mukherjee lies in the developments which took place immediately after she assumed the office of West Bengal Chief Minister. Soon after her victory in the state assembly election, she expected that she would get aid from the Centre and believed that Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee being a Bengali would help her realizing the expectation. At that time she had gone on to say that West Bengal should be given a special status in terms of financial aids. But Pranab Mukherjee ruined her expectations by not heeding to her demands. Moreover, questions were raised on the financial data which was presented by the state. Finance Ministry asked many question to the state’s Finance Minister Amit Mishra on the data related to per capita income and loans over the state CM’s demand for special package.

Bengal was not given special package

Mamata sought special package of Rs 18, 000 crore whereas Pranab was not in favour to give such a huge package to any of the states. Pranab Mukherjee was of the view that if any such package was given to any state, other states will also raise their decibel levels to demand the same.

Mamata opposed UPA’s agenda for economic reforms:

Mamata Banerjee has been most vocal in opposing the UPA’s bids for economic reforms which further led to deterioration in the relationship between the Congress and Trinamool Congress. Mamata left no stone unturned in opposing the proposals like FDI in retail brands and Pension Reforms Bill. Mamata’s opposition to UPA’s Lokpal draft had caused a fiasco for the UPA in the Rajya Sabha in the end of December last year. Mamata had also vehemently opposed the proposed anti-terror body NTCT.

Who holds wider influence on Bengal politics?

Mamata Banerjee and Pranab Mukherjee, both the stalwart leaders come from West Bengal. It is impossible to deny Mamata’s notion of being a mass leader and she enjoys a wider political clout in the state might have further enhanced the terms between the two leaders.


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