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A Gathering Feud

Mamata never forgave Pranab for opposing her bid to become the Bengal Youth Congress chief

A Gathering Feud
A Gathering Feud
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Pranab Mukherjee once told me that Bengalis were like crabs. If you put a bunch of them in a basket, you didn’t have to bother to cover it with a lid, for if one of them tried to climb out, others were sure to pull it down. Now, it looks like the joke has been played on Pranab himself.

Mamata’s opposition to Pranab as a presidential candidate has more to do with her personal dislike for him. Although on the face of it, the two of them share a cordial relationship, she never had a good word to say about him, although it was Pranab who ensured that she contested for the Lok Sabha in 1984 on the Congress ticket. Mamata never forgave him for opposing her bid to become the Bengal Youth Congress president. Then there are other slights, perceived or otherwise. When she was in the Union cabinet, Mamata is said to have found herself at the receiving end of Pranab’s mercurial temper on several occasions. Finally, Pranab’s stubborn refusal to treat West Bengal as a special case placed her in an awkward situation.

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