Attacking the Left rule in the state, Mamata recently said, "35 years of Left front rule will be washed out. They have destroyed the economy, society, education and administration."
Supporters of Mamata celebrate after she won her parliamentary seat from Kolkata on May 16, 2009. "It's an auspicious time as this is the month of Baisakh," said Mamata on the forthcoming assembly elections.
Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee smiles before giving the final touches to the annual budget for the railways in New Delhi on February 24, 2011. Will she give up the Railway portfolio to head the revolution in Bengal?
"The fight and struggle of many years should now be over for people of Bengal, for workers, for women, for farmers and for tribals," Mamata recently said.
Mamata Banerjee during a protest rally in front of Tata Motors' Nano project at Singur on August 24, 2008. It was the beginning of Mamata turning a Naxal sympathiser.
Mamata has repeatedly accused the Communist Party of India-Marxist of India (CPI-M), the leading partner in the state’s Left Front government, of “destroying” democracy and attacking political opponents.