Friday, Jan 22, 2021 08:00 [IST]
Last Update: Friday, Jan 22, 2021 02:22 [IST]
SILIGURI,: Trinamool leaders making a beeline for the BJP in Bengal does not startle anymore.
They are doing it on a regular basis now. Has to have a reason for the change of heart. To that we will come subsequently.
Those deserting have two common complaints against their former party.
First they allege that they were being ignored in the party, not being shown the respect they deserve.
And secondly, they were not being able to work for the people while in that party.
As far as the respect part is concerned, well, that is the personal matter of the accusers. Either they will live with the alleged disregard or act against it. It is no headache for the people of the state.
But, what about the second allegation? That is serious.
The chief minister, Mamata Banerjee always claims that her government has completed over a hundred per cent of the works envisaged or undertaken in her tenure as chief minister.
If that is so, how come those deserting the party allege otherwise?
If development has taken place, it must have happened in full knowledge of the deserters for they are people’s representatives and therefore were a part of the government machinery.
Worryingly for the state government, it is not only those who have left the party for greener pastures that are leveling the “no scope to work for development” charge.
There still are other people’s representatives in the Trinamool, who are yet to leave, but often grumble publicly that development works are being stalled for intra-party reasons.
So here on one side the chief minister keeps asserting in favour of her government’s pro-development success story, but on the other, her former and a section of current party colleagues allege otherwise.
What do the people make of it? Has development happened, or it has not? This is all very confusing.
Coming back to those who have left the Trinamool for the BJP. Have they done so purely because of the two reasons they cite?
Could be. But, these are smart people. If they could have weathered years in the Trinamool tolerating the two complexities they complain of, it is very difficult to suppose that they suffered a pang of conscience barely months before the Assembly elections.
The answer may lie elsewhere.
As said, these are sharp people and having spent years in the business of politics, for business it is these days, such people are very good at sniffing which way the wind is blowing in their respective constituencies, if not in the whole state.
And so, the lateral move. It is all about career. Confusing it with ethics will be unwise.