DIDI GOES UR­BAN

India Today - - GLASS HOUSE -

MA­MATA BAN­ER­JEE (CEN­TRE) WITH BACHCHAN (LEFT) AND KHAN Af­ter con­sol­i­dat­ing her ru­ral vote bank for two years, West Ben­gal Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee has fi­nally dis­cov­ered her ur­ban con­stituency. Re­cently, she in­au­gu­rated a se­ries of new fixtures in Kolkata. On Oc­to­ber 1, she sat through a recital by pian­ist Richard Clay­der­man at the inau­gu­ra­tion of the seven-star Quest mall. On Novem­ber 11, she posed for pic­tures while inau­gu­rat­ing an open-air en­clo­sure for the Royal Ben­gal tigers at the Ali­pore Zoo. MP Derek O’Brien, whose MPLAD funds had paid for the en­clo­sure, posed along­side. On Novem­ber 11, she played host to the best of cin­ema when Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Ka­mal Has­san at­tended the Kolkata In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. On Novem­ber 14, she laid the foun­da­tion stone for Kolkata Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art. On Novem­ber 19, she will in­au­gu­rate the takeover of the 173-year-old iconic Great East­ern Ho­tel by The Lalit. Cap­i­tal, cul­ture and Clay­der­man—now this is quite a makeover.

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