News Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi.
Published by: Pratibha Jyoti
Updated Wed, 28 Jul 2021 12:12 PM IST
After becoming the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the third time, today Mamta Banerjee is going to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi for the first time. Many political meanings are being extracted from the discussion between the two leaders over tea today.
Mamata Banerjee and Sonia Gandhi (file photo)
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For the place Mamta Banerjee, who is considered to be a fighter, has made her place in Indian politics today, Congress, especially Sonia Gandhi, was always concerned that she wished Mamta had not left the Congress. Sonia had already realized that Mamta was going to become a big leader. That is why she tried her best that Mamta should not leave the party. Let us look at some interesting anecdotes related to the relationship between Sonia and Mamta.
When the door of 10 Janpath was open for Mamta at night
It is about the time when the late leader Pranab Mukherjee and Mamta Banerjee were not building up. Mamta felt that Pranab Mukherjee had opened a front against her. Mamata’s ambition was to become the chief ministerial candidate in the West Bengal elections. She earlier considered Pranab Mukherjee as her elder brother, but in view of the protests against her, she had made up her mind to part ways with the Congress. At that time Sonia Gandhi was not in active politics but she wanted to stop Mamta from staying in Congress. It is said that he had opened the doors of 10 Janpath on the shivering night of 22 December 1997 to talk to Mamta on this issue.
After meeting Sonia, Mamta said that taking care of you, I have waited for many days. Sitaram Kesari ji (then Congress President) is not ready to make me the chief ministerial candidate of West Bengal. It is too late now, Trinamool will give an answer. Mamta was ready to return to the Congress only on the condition that Sonia Gandhi should take over the reins of the party. Although Sonia took over the reins of the party in 1998, by then Mamata Banerjee had become the identity of Trimmool Congress in West Bengal.
When Sonia asked when will you return to Congress?
Mamta Banerjee had very good relations with former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Rajiv Gandhi had given him his full support and expressed confidence. Rajiv Gandhi also made him General Secretary of Youth Congress. Due to this, Mamta also had close relations with Sonia Gandhi. Political experts say that sometimes it seemed as if there was an emotional connection between the two. A glimpse of this was seen when Mamata Banerjee was taking oath as an NDA minister at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The two first hugged. Then Sonia Gandhi while congratulating him asked – When will you return to Congress? Sonia asked this question but she knew that Mamta Banerjee has now come a long way and she has increased her stature in Indian politics, so now it is difficult for her to return to Congress.
Mamta supported Sonia on the issue of foreign origin
Mamta may not return to the Congress, but because of Rajiv Gandhi, she maintained an emotional relationship with Sonia Gandhi. Mamta also supported Sonia when the issue of foreign origin fell behind Sonia. But Mamta did not allow the NDA Bill to be passed, banning a person of foreign origin from holding the highest office in the country.
When did the distance in the relationship with the Gandhi family come?
Mamata Banerjee’s distance from Sonia Rahul has started for the last few years. When Rahul Gandhi started taking decisions on party issues. However, it started after the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. Mamta Banerjee, who was a part of NDA before 2009, supported the UPA in this election, but during this time the relationship between Congress and TMC only deteriorated. She broke away from the UPA in 2011 and became the Chief Minister of West Bengal in 2012.
Sonia-Rahul were also invited to Mamta’s swearing-in ceremony, but both the leaders refused to go there citing the state-level program. This filled Mamta’s mind for Sonia-Rahul. In the midst of sour relations, in 2016, Mamta Banerjee offered Rahul Gandhi an alliance, which Rahul ignored. Mamta still believes that Pranab Mukherjee had refused both of them to attend the swearing-in ceremony.