Trinamool had come to power in 2011 after people wanted to get rid of the misrule of Left regime in the state. The party had coined two catch phrases – ‘bodla noi bodol chai’ (not revenge but change), and ‘Maa Mati Manush’. Nandigram and Shingur were too scape goats that Trinamool Supremo Mamata Banerjee had banked upon. The two issues were blown out of proportion, as even today inspite of so-called “greenland” Shingur is reeling under unemployment. It was Banerjee who kicked out the Tata’s Nano project out of the state. Talk to locals in Shingur, they now confide, had they not been washed away by false promises of “Didi” then Shingur too would have developed like other Tata bastions. Infact, ancillary industries had come up in the region.
Veteran Trinamool MP (from Dum Dum, north Kolkata), and retired professor of Physics from the iconic the Aushotosh College during a political meeting in Kolkata said, “If there is any BJP or CPI(M) activist in Kolkata, listen carefully. If any of you cross the limits of decency by branding every one of the TMC as thieves while attacking the party, don’t blame us if our party men beat you up with shoes.” This has sparked off serious controversy as the opposition in the state look at it as an open threatening. The veteran MP had warned the opposition by saying, “Don’t complain if you are driven out of your locality by our members”.
Perhaps, Saugata Roy has also forgotten the coinage “bodla noi bodol chai” or was this a mere slogan to woo voters? According to party spokesperson, Kunal Ghosh who tried to cover up the controversy, said, the recent attacks on Trinamool leaders in wake of Partha Chatterjee and Anubrata Mandol episode has probably hurt Roy.