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With the state elec­tions just 20 months away and the BJP steadily gain­ing ground, West Bengal chief min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee has be­gun a pub­lic outreach cam­paign. The Tri­namool Congress’s ‘Didike Bolo (Tell Didi)’ cam­paign seems akin to the booth-chalo drive launched by Union home min­is­ter Amit Shah which helped the BJP get 18 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, but Ma­mata is quick to rub­bish such claims. It’s a se­quel to the griev­ance re­dres­sal pro­gramme she had started at the CM’s of­fice, she says. For this, Ma­mata has started a phone helpline, a web­site Didike­ and asked party lead­ers to spend nights in 10,000 vil­lages of the state. The Op­po­si­tion, how­ever, doubts if peo­ple will tell Didi any­thing, con­sid­er­ing those who have spo­ken up in the past about gen­uine prob­lems were ei­ther dubbed Maoists or jailed.

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