Many would have expected that Saradha scam would have brought down the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal. However Saradha or the Narada sting has had no impact and Mamata Banerjee clearly appears to be returning to power. Many had predicted as early as March 2016 that the TMC would take at least 184 seats in West Bengal and current trends show that the party is leading ins 75 seats.
The Saradha scam or the Narada sting operation could not dent Mamata Banerjee as she is considered to be a popular leader. The people vote for her as they are impressed with their leadership, experts point out. Many tried to pin her down by hurling allegations about the manner in which law and order of maintained. In this context one must bring up the infamous Burdwan incident too.
Mamata all the way:
Experts say that there are several factors that have gone in favour of Mamata. None in the opposition have been able to project a strong Chief Ministerial candidate. In West Bengal a huge amount of negative press that the TMC got in the national media has had no effect. The TMC has battled allegations at the time of the Burdwan blast and also the Saradha scam.
However experts say that she made sure that the organisational capabilities of the party in the district levels remained strong. In the smaller areas, issues such as Saradha have not mattered to the public. While many felt that this scam and the ongoing investigations would hit the TMC hard, it appears now that it has had not much of an impact.
Political observers say that the decision by the government to immediately set up a corpus of Rs 500 crore to pay back those cheated by the Saradha group was seen by many as a good will gesture. These issues may have a bit of an impact in the urban belts, but the TMC has ensured that their rural votes have remained intact.
As of now the TMC has one of the best units in the district levels. Although there have been a host of factional feuds within party ranks recently at the rural levels, the TMC has managed to douse that fire too.