Aam Au­rat

India Today - - UPFRONT -

These days, West Ben­gal chief min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee fre­quently breaks her VIP cor­don to play the ‘aam au­rat (com­mon woman)’—with cam­eras watch­ing, of course. At a work-cum-break trip to Digha, she stopped at a road­side tea stall to make tea. When the cam­eras aren’t around, she turns racon­teur—she re­cently told a meet­ing of officials how she’d per­son­ally cleaned a stretch of Digha beach strewn with plas­tic waste. The BJP calls her ac­tions a vote-catch­ing po­lit­i­cal gim­mick. The party per­haps thinks chai pe char­cha is a BJP ex­clu­sive.


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