There is now a distinct possibility that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) may be engulfed by an internecine struggle as Mamata Banerjee, the party supremo, has been trying to distance herself from the leaders who have been accused of taking money by the Narada sting operation. This is in spite of the fact that quite a few opinion surveys have predicted a TMC win in the West Bengal assembly election, four phases of which have been held and two remain. In a word, Mamata is now between the devil and the deep blue sea.
That Banerjee has now been singing a different tune is out of an urge to convince the Bhowanipore electorate that there is a difference between her and the allegedly ‘tainted’ leaders. The Trinamool supremo became so desperate that at a public meeting she said that she would not have given nominations to the ‘tainted’ persons had she known about the incident earlier. It was her argument that substitution of candidates was not possible at this late hour.