Despite a concerted campaign by opposition parties and certain media houses to undermine the Mamata Banerjee government, the people seem to have reposed their faith in the ruling party. During her first term, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has worked towards fulfilling the basic needs of the common man.
Her government has prioritised urban-rural connectivity, tap water and electricity connections in slums and remote areas, intensive agricultural farming with improved market access, public distribution system offering cheaper foodgrains to the poor and primary healthcare. Her government has also opened a number of new rural and urban education centers.
Despite the mess left behind by the previous Left-Front government, the current administration has taken the state’s GDP growth rate to well above the national average. Contrary to the outside perception -- often ignorant and politically tilted -- West Bengal seems to be doing better than most Indian states. While large industries are yet to return to the state in a noticeable way, the agriculture and the services sectors seem to be doing very well. Given another term, one is sure that the TMC will follow through on its promises.