ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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UTTAR PRADESH-Breaking Alliances

Cut Down to Size ONE of the welcome fall-outs of the increasing splits in the national parties and political formations on the eve of the coming elections is the cutting down to size of some of the tub-thumping charlatans who had been drawing supporters with populist slogans and claims of victory. In West Bengal, the wings of the much over-rated politician, Mamata Baneijee, have been clipped after her expulsion from the Congress. Her initial bluster that her newly-formed party, the Treenamul Congress, alone would provide the alternative to the CPI(M) in the state has now given way to pathetic supplication of the BJP, with which she is seeking an alliance throwing overboard all her previous commitment to secularism. While this has alienated a section of her supporters, Sonia Gandhi' s unexpected entry into the Congress poll campaign has weaned away a major chunk of members from Mamata's party. Even the new-comers to her party, like Mani Shankar Aiyar, who hoped to win a seat from West Bengal riding on the wave of Mamata's popularity, must now be regretting their decision and realising that they had miscalculated. Mamata Banerjee has indeed been reduced to a paper tiger.

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