Mamata is now the most popular choice to lead the Opposition against the BJP. his was clear in India Today’s Mood of the Nation survey in which 17 per cent of respondents said the West Bengal chief minister is best suited among the current crop of Opposition leaders to pilot an anti-BJP alliance.
In the early 2000s, one senior BJP leader had remarked to this author that Mamata Banerjee was very much like Uma Bharti. Both were hugely popular and had a massive support base, but were very impulsive and emotive. Mamata was then in the NDA, and Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister.