Let me first go into some details. I first heard Mamata's name just before 1984 Lok Sabha election, when she became a Congress candidate in Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency (where our family used to live and still lives) against formidable Somnath Chatterjee of CPI(M). The CPI(M) supporters used to ridicule her before the election, but when the result was declared, the ridicule changed into disbelief. Mamata defeated Somnath! In that election, 16 Congress candidates won (out of total 42 seats). Among these 16 Congress MPs of 1984, only Mamata Banerjee has survived politically till now.
I have watched her political progress with great interest, She fought like a tigress against the misrule of Left Front in West Bengal. She fought almost single-handedly against the formidable left parties and their innumerable umbrella organizations. She built Trinamool Congress (now Trinamool) truly from the 'trinamool' (grassroots).
But many avid political watchers (including myself) understood even by 2004 (after the end of Vajpai era) that Mamata Banerjee is a very poor administrator. Her performance as MoS in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and as Minister of Railways is not worth mentioning. She didn't do anything for her own state as Central Minister. Her whimsical resignations as Ministers did not prove anything great about her.
But the irreparable damage caused by Mamata to the Nano project at Singur was really terrible! Whatever little hope Bengal had in respect of industrial growth, was finished by Mamata by her terrible, harmful movement with the help of Naxals and Muslims. But the irony is that her anti-Tata and anti-industry movement was one of the main factors of her coming to power in West Bengal.
As a very poor administrator, she has failed to control the lumpen elements of her party after coming to power in the state. She could not resist corruption. She could not control her addiction to power. The law and order situation of the state is terrible. The Bangladesh border is almost open, and, now, instead of refugees, Muslim fundamentalists and criminals are entering the state from the neighbouring country. In a nutshell, West Bengal is moving downward very fast in all respect.
The huge majority which Mamata enjoys at every level in West Bengal is misleading. This is not due to her popularity. This electoral majority is due to her party's election management and extreme violence. The opposition leaders have been misled by her huge majority. They think that Mamata is immensely popular and so she is being informally treated as the leader of 'Mahagathbandhan'. Mamata herself is nurturing the dream of being the Prime Minister.
But Mamata does not have the quality, capability and sense of responsibility to assume the leadership role of the opposition parties. Although she has been dreaming of becoming the Prime Minister after the 2019 election, she is going to have a rude shock in West Bengal itself. She would win the majority of 42 seats of the state, but BJP would definitely make a significant dent in the state in term of seats and in terms of votes.
The farewell of this once-promising political leader is imminent and 2019 Lok Sabha election would start her downfall.
Come on, have a fight. Don't shoot and scoot.