Mamata Banerjee is the first female chief minister of West Bengal. She was sworn in as chief minister of West Bengal on 20 May 2011. In 2016 she was reelected as Chief Minister West Bengal for the second term. Banerjee, has had a colourful, and sometimes contentious, a career as chief minister.

Her tenure was also heavily marred by the Saradha Group financial scandal and the Rose Valley financial scandal and some of her cabinet ministers and MP were accused of money laundering.

This resulted in rigorous grilling and incarceration of Trinmool MPs, office bearers and bureaucrats. Some prominent members who faced the wrath of these scandals are listed below.

Madan Mitra- a former minister in her cabinet was arrested in 2014 and was released on bail in 2016.

Kunal Ghosh-a party MP was arrested on November 23, 2013 and was released from jail on Friday Oct7, 2016 after at least 3 years. He allegedly tried to commit suicide by taking sleeping pills inside the jail on Nov 14, 2014, in the morning.


Popular Bengali film star and Trinmool Congress parliamentarian Tapas Paul was arrested on Friday, Dec 29, 2017.


Party MP and man Friday Sudip Bandopadhyaya was arrested on Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017, and was granted bail on Friday, May 19, 2017.


Mamata Banarjee has been criticized by opposition parties for not taking adequate steps against her own ministers who tried to cover-up their deeds. It has been further alleged that one of her paintings was also sold to Sudipto Sen (central figure in the Saradha scam) for ₹1.8crore, while 20 more of her paintings were seized from other Saradha Group shareholders.


Arrest of Sudip Bandopadhyaya was unbearable to Mamata Banerjee and at a meeting with her party MPs just hours after Sudip Bandopadhyaya was arrested, she made it clear that it would be war against the Narendra Modi government. While addressing a Trinmool Congress rally in Kolkata, which was organized to protest against demonetization she thundered, “Today, I am taking a pledge, whether I die or live I will remove PM Modi from Indian politics.”


Mamata Banarjee has rather a vicious relationship with Modi. In the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, Banerjee had refused to acknowledge Modi as the prime minister. She refused not only to meet him but also talk to him after Cyclone Fani, which made landfall in Odisha, affected parts of West Bengal in May.

Mamata Banerjee cultivated an image as a populist street fighter, and survivor and to defend her turf from the BJP. In fact Mamata is leading the anti-Modi brigade.


Not only that, she has an antagonistic relationship with governor who has regularly been maligned by her ministers but, she keep even her close associates and bureaucrats on their toes. A senior minister used to say jokingly, “It’s a game of snakes and ladders. You don’t know when you would be in front of the snake and slip down to the bottom.” Recently she ordered the arrest of CBI officials, who arrived in Kolkata to investigate the Saradha Group financial scandal thus challenging the federal system of India.


She has objected to so many policies of the center, but never attends any meeting chaired by the Prime Minister to speak about all these. She also refused to return a number of calls from the Prime Minister’s Office. She later claimed that she would only talk to the new prime minister and had in fact avoided going to Modi’s swearing-in ceremony and didn’t attend the Niti Aayog meeting chaired by him.

The recent Mamata-Modi faceoff is centered towards the CAA and National Register of Citizens. Mamata Banerjee is taking out a protest march against Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC) in different districts of West Bengal. Advertisements were released everywhere in the state that says the National Register of Citizens and Citizenship Amendment Act will not be implemented in the state. The Calcutta High Court directed the West Bengal government to stop all government advertisements that say the National Register of Citizens and Citizenship Amendment Act will not be implemented in the state.


Just a while ago Mamata Banerjee was hobnobbing with Congress and left parties in organizing protests about CAA and NRC but, got irritated after both the parties indulged in hooligan and damage of state property during all India strike on 8th Jan 2020. Saddened and perturbed Mamata Banerjee has decided to fight the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) alone because the “CPM and Congress are playing dirty politics in Bengal”.

She has also, decided to skip the meet of top leaders of opposition parties, including the Congress, who are likely to meet on January 13 to discuss the situation arising out of violence on various university campuses and protests in the country over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

It will be interesting to watch whether the recent move of Mamata Banerjee will reduce the bitterness between the two leaders.