Kati wrote:1. Please forward the cartoons (especially of page-117 of this thread) to as many people as possible, preferably
in Bengal. I started with forwarding to a few people, and looks like it has been a great hit. However, mango people are aware of antics of Mumtaaz Begum, and are silently willing to teach her a lesson.
2. Here are some feedback from the ground level: The main problem of Mumtaaz Begum is that she is a megalomaniac, and wants to
grab 100% of the popular vote. In spite of her being erratic ("paaglee"), foul-mouthed, and lack of sophistication, she had done a commendable job in providing welfare in the rural area which stands out markedly from the situation under the Left Front rule.
This good work (projects like 'Kanya-shree') would have given her 60% popular rural vote anyway, but she , being a megalomaniac, wanted to grab the 100% of the popular vote. She wanted t project herself as the synonym of Bengal (sort of "Indira is India..."), and
this perhaps has become the start of her fall. In the last panchayat election her goonda gang (which once was under the LF) didn't allow
the opposition to place candidates in about 35% of the seats, and this has turned a large segment of the rural population against her.
3. What has miffed the people in Bengal, especially in large metros like Kolkata, Burdwan, Jalpaiguri, is that while she is calling names to NaMo, bad mouthing BJP left and right, yet BJP is restrained in its criticism against her. Just the other day, Mumtaaz Begum insulted
NaMo saysing that "if he couldn't take care of his own wife then how can he take care of the country?" A large chunk of the metro people think that BJP should pay her in the same coin by sludging her own personal past. .... And here the story gets a bit interesting which not many people are aware of.
4. TMC and Mumtaaz herself want to project that she is single, and gives her life to Bengal. (perhaps she wants to project that she is married to the cause of Bengal.) While being a student of Islamic history, she fell in love with a Muslim guy (some say her own classmate), and got married to her. Her converted name is truly "Mumtaaz Begum" (though jokingly people use this term to address her, not knowing her past, just to indicate her extra love for the minorities.) Ask taxi drivers around the neighborhood of Mominpur / Fanci Market area of Kolkata, and they would show the red-brick house of the muslim guy to whom Mumtaaz was married. Apparently, her "husband" dies due to sudden illness. This "marriage" was kept very secret, because she conceived a child before getting married. That child was put up for adoption. Who adopted that child? Her own brother. This adopted son of Mumtaaz' brother, i.e., now officially her nephew is none other than Abhishek Banerjee, TMC's number-2 person, and MP from Diamond Harbour seat. Mumtaaz moved heaven and hell to make sure that Abhishek got a cake walk in that seat. Abhishek is also the prez of Yuva TMC (the youth wing of TMC). Mumtaaz' right hand man Subrata Bakshi was entrusted with the job to make the "nephew" win by hook or by crook. Mango public think that BJP can easily go for a personal attack against Mumtaaz using her own past if she can rake up NaMo's wife issue.
5. After her "nephew" Abhishek got elected as the party MP, and became number-2 in the party leadership right behind Mumtaaz, she started pruning all top and senior leaders. Thus Mukul Roy was shown the door who once was the number-2, and used to be called TMC's moneybag. Other senior leaders like Shubhendu Adhikary ("badshah" of East Midnapur district), Gautam Deb (of north Bengal) etc saw their wings clipped by Abhishek Banerjee. There is a good amount of resentment within the party. Leaders like Soumitro Khan, Anupam Hazra have left the party, and now contesting with BJP tickets. If BJP manages to cross the 30% vote share then an avalanche of defection will start from TMC to BJP.
6. People are fed-up with the action replay of LF's goonda-raj under Mumtaaz' regime. They really hope that BJP can get about 12 to 15 seats to teach this paaglee a good lesson. (More seats are unlikely given the wide-spread rigging. However, people are confused why the state BJP is not filing cases in the courts against EC's inactions since rigging and intimidations are so rampant.)
This would sound credible if there are other nephews and nices and she favours only one of them to the exclusion of everyone else. Otherwise it is just partiality for one's own family- a common enough failing for most politicians.