While it is still early days to pass a verdict on what has Mamata been able to achieve, what has appeared so far surely appears promising.
After having won the confidence of the people of West Bengal and indeed their votes, Mamata has set in motion in a string of initiatives to put her state back on the road to prosperity. On Jul 21, she addressed a massive rally at the Brigade Parade Grounds in Kolkata and let the people know of what she thinks is the best way for change.
The rally was to mark the killing of 13 Youth Congress activists in police firing in 1993. It was also to celebrate the Trinamool's electoral victory.
Speaking to a large and an apparently adoring crowd of supporters, she said, “The swift manner in which the work of the new government is progressing, we can prove to everyone what paribartan actually means. See it, feel it, love it and win it over. Show the world that maa [mother], mati [soil] and manush [people] are the biggest strengths of democracy."
In a change from her stern appearance, she referred to the rains that was threatening to dampen the gathering, in a lighter vein. She said, “See the rains have stopped. Even the rain Gods have got the cue of change. While it started raining after I started my address during last year's event, this time it has stopped raining after I started speaking."
The Trinamool chief also asked her party workers and supporters to abide by law and remain peaceful. She said, “We will not tolerate any indiscipline in the party or any wrong done to anyone. Remember that I receive information about any and every wrongdoing and that action will be taken immediately in such cases. I can tolerate everything except indiscipline."