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Mamata doesn't know how to run party, says aide

Malabika Bhattacharya

KOLKATA.

Nayana Bandopadhyay, one of Nationalist Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee's aides, has accused Ms. Banerjee of not knowing how to run a political party.

Ms. Bandopadhyay, an actress and wife of the rebel Trinamul MP Sudip Bandopadhyay, who is now fighting as an Independent candidate in the Kolkata North-west parliamentary constituency, alleges in an interview with Anandalok magazine that Ms. Banerjee, among other things, is unprincipled, ill-tempered, paranoid and does not have the ability to manage a political party.

Anandalok, a premier Bengali film magazine, is edited by Rituparno Ghosh, the noted filmmaker. According to Ms. Bandopadhyay, Ms. Banerjee makes promises galore in public but hardly ever bothers to fulfil her promises. "Has she been able to show any positive result? No," Ms. Bandopadhyay says of Ms. Banerjee.

Recalling an incident, Ms. Bandopadhyay alleges that the Trinamool chief resorts to `stunts' at times. "Once, didi (as Ms. Banerjee is called in her party) ordered me to get admitted to a hospital for a minor injury I received in the Assembly. I was shocked but she would not listen to me. It made the headlines. If this is not a stunt, then what is?"

An MLA from Bowbazar in central Kolkata, her husband's former Assembly constituency, Ms. Bandopadhyay charges Ms. Banerjee with being `devoid of principle.' She cites Keshpur in Midnapore district (which grabbed national headlines in the last Assembly election in Bengal) as a case in point. "So many innocent lives were lost in the violence. After the poll, did she (Ms. Banerjee) visit those hapless families ever again?" Ms. Bandopadhyay asks.

She further alleges that Ms. Banerjee loves to surround herself with sycophants. "She (Ms. Banerjee) never cares for those who stood by her in her bad days but pampers the ones who had been badmouthing her. She lives in an illusory world. She imagines a lot of things."

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