Mamata Banerjee symbol of national integration, deserves Bharat Ratna: TMC lawmaker Idris Ali

In a rather surprising statement, Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP, Idris Ali on Friday said that his party leader and West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee should be honored with country’s highest civilian honor, Bharat Ratna.

Showering lavish praises on her, Ali said that Mamata Banerjee is a symbol of national integration, harmony and development. He further went on to call her an unparalleled lady. “She is a symbol of national integration, a symbol of harmony and development. I think she should be awarded the Bharat Ratna. She is an unparalleled lady,” he told news agency ANI.

The TMC leaders heaping praises on their leader is not a rare sight at all. In West Bengal, the TMC leaders are often heard saying that people cast their votes on the name of Banerjee only and that the local candidates don’t matter. Because of this they are also often ridiculed by their political opponents who say that in ‘West Bengal Government and Trinamool Congress there’s only one post and rest are lamppost’.

Expected to play a key role in how and if opposition unites against BJP ahead of Lok Sabha elections next year, Mamata has also been slammed in equal measure by political opponents. BJP chief Amit Shah has repeatedly targeted her for inciting political violence in the state of West Bengal and blocking progress and development in the state. He has said her governance is even worse than that of the Leftists whom she had replaced. Even PM Narendra Modi took on Mamata in her own bastion and called voters in the state to reject TMC.