Mamata rides on star power this poll season

Priyanka Gupta | Updated: March 21, 2011, 7:26 AM IST

Kolkata: The deadlock with the Congress aside, TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee has made sure this time, she has got star power on her side.

The queen of Bengal cinema in the 90s Debashree Roy and the action hero Chiranjeet are hitting the roads of Bengal in 2011 to win an election and get the numbers for the woman who aspires to become the queen, Mamata Banerjee.

But the Trinamool Congress leader is not just playing to the gallery, she means business as well. Therefore, FICCI Secretary General and the face of corporate India, Amit Mitra, is one of her candidates to capture the red fortress - writers' building, along with CBI super-cop Upen Biswas and top bureaucrat Manish Gupta.

Amit Mitra said, "Bengal wants change, solid economic reforms, innovative ideas and jobs. I am a soldier of that idea."

Amit Mitra will take on West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's second-in command, state finance minister Asim Dasgupta. He is also likely to take over Dasgupta's portfolio if Mamata comes to power. Upen Biswas, famed for cracking the Rs 800 crore fodder scam and putting Laloo Prasad Yadav in a spot, will be Mamata's man to cleanse the police and former Chief Secretary Manish Gupta is taking on his ex-boss Buddhadeb Bhattacharya.

"Bureacrats and politicians need to start working together for the people. There must not be any political interference," said Manish Gupta.

Former CBI Director and TMC candidate Upen Biswas said, "You need to be honest to set an example. If I am honest, then change can follow."

For mission Bengal, Trinamool is trying hard to overcome the image of a party crippled by Mamata's personality cult.

With a pool of the talented, professional and famous people in her candidates' list, Mamata Banerjee is now trying to give herself an image makeover - from the woman who drove out the Tatas from Bengal, she is now telling the voters of Bengal that she can make the transition from the streets to the hot seat in Bengal, and to help her do that, she has a team already in place.

First Published: March 21, 2011, 7:26 AM IST

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