A fierce foe of Marxists government in Bengal,Mamata Banarjee,the temperamental supremo of the main opposition party Trinamool Congress(TMC) and Indian railway minister was born on January 5,1955.Her father Pramileshwar Banarjee was a Congress activist.Therefore,from her childhood,she was influnced by the congress ideology.She started her political carrier as a student leader.Soon, she was elected as a general secretary of womens congress. In 1984,Mamata was elected as a member of parliament for the 8th Loksabha (House of the people) from Jadavpur constituency defeating the vetern communist leader Somnath Chatterjee by 48,000 votes.and hold many portfolios as a Minister for several times.Due to major differences with senior leaders like SoumenMitra,she founded All India Trinamool Congress after breaking away from the Congress in 1997 and became a part of rightwing BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA)..In 2009 general election,Mamata formed a formidable alliance with the Congress (her parent political party) to teach Marxits a lesson.
Despite the Tata’s abandonment of Singur,Mamata still demands that the state government should hand over the 400 acres of land .In Singur and Nandigram TMC whcih opposed land acqusation by the state government for industrial development.Singur,Nandigram issue gave Trinamool Congress a new lease of life.Mamata’s popularity also reach an all time high.and hold many portfolios as a Minister .Mamata’s All India Trinamul(grassroot) Congress with seven MP’s was a part of the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) led coalition government National Democratic Alliance(NDA) which ruled the country from 1998 to 2004.After 2004 Parliamentary election Trinamul Congress tally reduce to just only one MP( Mamata herself).
Mamata went into indefinite hunger strike for 25 days long in protest against the forcible land acquisition of farmland in Singur,40 km away from Calcutta for the Tata small car project.Mamata also took similar stand against the decision of the state government to set up a chemical hub now shelved,in Nandigram In east Midnapore District.A new Mamata has emerged as farmers leaders to impress the electorate in the forthcoming local village body(panchyat) election .
On several occassions,she was physically assulted by the ruling communist party cadres.On 16 August,1990,Mamaata was physically assulted by Lalo Alam,a goon backed by CPI(M).13 congress supporters were gun down by police on 21 June,1993 when she laid a seize infront of Writers Building,the power centre of Bengal.She and her party organised innumerous protests,rallies,sit-in-demonstration against Marxist regime.
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