The founder of Trinamool Congress and the current chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee is one of the prominent women leaders in India. Mamata Banerjee, popularly known as Didi, is the first women in Bengal to hold the office. Currently, she is serving as the eighth Chief Minister of West Bengal. Here are some milestones in her political journey as a woman leader.
First woman Chief Minister of West Bengal
Mamata founded the party Trinamool Congress (TMC) in 1998 after parting ways from the Indian National Congress and became its chairperson.
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Banerjee has proved to be a strong woman in Indian politics. In 2012, Time magazine named her as one the 100 most influential people in the world.
Focuses on both agricultural and industrial economy
“Without agriculture, we can’t grow and without industry also we can’t grow,” Banerjee calls both agriculture and industry as the parts of the country.
Fought for the tribal land in Singur
In her 2019 election manifesto, she expressed hope that Singur farmers will get back their land once the legal battle is over. The manifesto has also been released in five languages, including Alchiki which is popular among the Santhals of the region.
Ousted the Communist Party reign from the state
Mamata Banerjee scripted history when she ousted out the ruling Communist Party from the state in 2011. The Communist Party was reigning the state for 34 years.
Started political career in 1970
Banerjee, a graduate in Islamic history started her political career in 1970 as a member of Congress. She formed Trinamool Congress in 1997. Later in 2011, she was sworn in as the Chief Minister of the state.
Faced controversies during her tenure
The Saradha group financial scandal and the Rose valley financial scandal came into limelight during her tenure.
A “Mahagathbandhan” rally for the major victory
In 2019, Banerjee organised a mega rally in the state where all the leaders of opposition came together to overshadow the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in the Centre.
The leader has a self-disciplined and uncompromising lifestyle. She is much respected in her state and is a popular public figure.
Had no mentor
Mamata Banerjee claims to have no mentor who equipped her to gain excellence in the field of politics. Rather, she has made her own ways throughout.
Udisha Srivastav is an intern with SheThePeople.TV