Ma­maTa dOeS nOT WanT OLd PhO­TOS

The Sunday Guardian - - Covert -

No wo­man likes to tell her cor­rect age. And women also do not like to be told that they are over­weight. The 63-year-old West Ben­gal Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Banerjee is no ex­cep­tion. Didi is said to be up­set with some sup­port­ers “for dis­play­ing her old pic­ture on their Face­book pages.” She feels she looks “not slim” in these pic­tures. It is learnt that the CM sig­nalled her dis­ap­proval of the pic­ture when she saw it first on the Tri­namool Congress party sec­re­tary-gen­eral Partha Chat­ter­jee’s of­fice wall.

Soon, Ma­mata’s of­fice sent in­struc­tion to party of­fices and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments “to re­place CM’s old pic­tures with new ones”. But the of­fice for­got so­cial me­dia in this ex­er­cise. Sources said that fresh in­struc­tions have now been is­sued to the TMC sup­port­ers “to re­place Didi’s fat pic­tures on the Face­book with new ones”.

Mean­while, Ma­mata has writ­ten a play script which high­lights the TMC gov­ern­ment’s devel­op­ment ini­tia­tives. The street play is a ma­jor com­po­nent of the party’s hec­tic cam­paign in the ru­ral belt for the pan­chayat polls. It also makes fun of the Op­po­si­tion par­ties. Well known theatre per­son­al­ity and the state IT Min­is­ter Bratya Basu is su­per­vis­ing this ini­tia­tive. Over 100 folk state and street theatre groups are tak­ing part in Didi’s drama. On the other hand, a theatre ac­tress and BJP worker, Aditi Mukher­jee, has al­leged that she is be­ing ha­rassed by the po­lice reg­u­larly “for play­ing Ma­mata Banerjee in a street play on the Ro­hingya refugees’ is­sue”.

Mukher­jee was asked by the CID to ap­pear at the state po­lice head­quar­ters at Bha­vani Bha­van. “The CM at­tacks the Modi gov­ern­ment for de­stroy­ing democ­racy. But look at the state of democ­racy in her own state,” says BJP’s Shamik Bhat­tacharya, who was a mem­ber of the state leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly from the Basirhat Dak­shin con­stituency in North 24 Par­ganas.

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