Danc­ing on the Ceil­ing

Ma­mata’s MP takes the Amma route, dol­ing out free­bies in Maoist land

India Today - - STATES - By Romita Datta

She may have a win­ner here. The Tri­namool Congress’s youth­ful Jhar­gram MP, Uma Soren, used Rs 16.39 crore of her MPLAD funds to pay for new ceil­ing fans, wa­ter pu­ri­fiers/ cool­ers and LED lamps in 3,000 state schools in her con­stituency.

But rather than claim­ing credit for a scheme that will bring school­child­ren respite from the sear­ing summer ahead, the me­dia-shy Soren is rolling it out in the name of ‘Ma­mata­moyee Jan­galer Ma’ (car­ing mother of Jan­galma­hal, as Ma­mata Ban­er­jee is of­ten re­ferred to in these parts). The West Ben­gal chief min­is­ter, re­ports say, is over­whelmed. Ceil­ing fans for school­rooms are be­ing sent un­der the ‘Ma­mata­moyee Sne­her Porosh (lov­ing touch)’, the LED lamps un­der the ‘Ma­mata­moyee Ashir­waad (bless­ings)’ and the cool­ers will be the ‘Ma­mata­moyee Am­rit­d­hara (spring of nec­tar)’.

And to make sure the de­ifi­ca­tion is com­plete, the gifts will all be em­bla­zoned with Ban­er­jee’s smil­ing vis­age. To her credit, in the six years she’s been in of­fice, the chief min­is­ter has worked tire­lessly to bring peace and gover­nance to the Maoist vi­o­lence-af­flicted Jan­galma­hal area com­pris­ing West Mid­na­pore, parts of Bankura and Pu­ru­lia.

Pre­dictably, the Op­po­si­tion is unim­pressed. CPI(M) leader Amiya Pa­tra ques­tions the pur­pose of putting Ma­mata stick­ers on fans and cool­ers, pooh-poohing it as an­other gim­mick to gain ad­van­tage in the pan­chayat polls slated for 2018.

LET IT SWING Ma­mata’s vis­age beams from a school fan

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