View: Mamata’s victory will give new heart to an otherwise demoralised opposition

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Shiva Sen has already hailed her as a ‘Bengali tigress.’ The underlying message being: If she can come out tops against such odds, so can we.

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The suspense of the last few weeks over whether or not Mamata Banerjee ‘will make it’ helped her in more ways than one. It made her into a larger-than-life figure, fighting with her back to the wall, pitted against the might and money of a formidable BJP.

The suspense of the last few weeks over whether or not Mamata Banerjee ‘will make it’ helped her in more ways than one. It made her into a larger-than-life figure, fighting with her back to the wall, pitted against the might and money of a formidable BJP. Moving about in a wheelchair with her left foot in a cast from an injury in the middle of the campaign helped optics.

By taking on Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram – a huge risk given that he had

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