Poet, artist, singer Mamata presented another talent during a visit to the hill – making puchka, momos

Kolkata: To introduce song at public gatherings, to painting and poetryand dancing with tribals at a mass wedding in Alipurduar district, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has often gone the extra mile when it comes to public awareness.

His latest attempts to seduce the people were on display during his four days visit to the hills of North Bengal last week, when she was seen make puchkas – a popular snack in eastern India known as pani puri Where golgappa in other parts of the country — for children.

Last Thursday, she set out for a morning walk in Darjeeling, but detoured to a roadside stall where she was seen preparing momos with an elderly woman.

While in Darjeeling, Mamata also visited vegetable shops and bought plants from women’s self-help group stalls.

While on tour, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader has been known to make unscheduled visits to people’s homes – manufacturing Chai or fry pakora for the public, even distribute chocolates in children.

Newscast cameras recorded Mamata instructing his administrative officers, including senior police officers, to make “surprise visits” to areas under their jurisdiction. She advised them to sit down and have a cup of tea, buy tea from the villagers, and communicate with them.

Known as a local leader, Mamata – a law graduate from Jogesh Chandra College in Kolkata – is also known to make occasional stops to buy vegetables coming back from the office.

TMC councilor Kajari Banerjee said Mamata “lives a life like you and me. She is very down to earth and leads a communal life.”

“One day, it was raining heavily and Didi was going somewhere when she saw a woman stuck in the downpour with her child returning from school. Mamata stopped her convoy, called police officers out of her vehicle and made room and made sure they were brought home safely,” she added.

On the eve of last year’s parliamentary elections, Mamata Banerjee was brand by his party as “Bengal’s own daughter”. In January she shipped ‘get well soon’ fruit baskets to Covid patients in Kolkata including BJP leaders.

While the opposition views Mamata’s outreach attempts as gimmicks, political analysts say this aspect of his personality has been noticed by voters.


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Participating in demonstrations, cooking Kali Puja prsade

As well as mingling with the public, Mamata has often been seen taking part in protests – from mounting a electric scooter with Minister Firhad Hakim on the Vidyasagar Setu to protest against rising fuel prices, visit markets to learn about rising vegetable prices, to hit the streets versus changes made to the Citizenship Act last year.

During Kali Pujathe chief minister often cooks the prsade Where bhog which is offered to the Goddesspreparing food, alongside her sisters-in-law, at her Kalighat residence in Kolkata. When she returns to the assembly after the Diwali break, she brings homemade coconut laddoos for media as well as Vidhan Sabha staff in two large containers.

His nephew Abhishek Banerjee has also been seen following in his footsteps. Last week in Jalpaiguri, the TMC MP was seen take tea with a villager and hug a child.

Chandrima Bhattacharya, West Bengal minister and leader of the TMC, said “Such gestures cannot be taught, it comes from within.”

“Mamata Have I got is a grassroots leader, she goes and stands with people, and she loves it. These actions also inspire us because of the policy of humanity that she practices,” she added. “Without people’s blessing, there can be no politics, and Mamata has a big heart.”

Udayan Bandhopadhyay, an associate professor of political science at Bangabashi College in Kolkata, said “Mamata’s leadership model was very different from the start.”

“In 1984, when she first fought in electoral politics, this mass leading side of Mamata was noticed and it continues. She easily mixes with people,” he added.

“If you compare this to the old CPI(M) regime, chief ministers followed strict protocols and at party events did what party secretaries told them to do,” he said. declared.

However, BJP leader Priyanka Tibrewal, who fought the Bhabanipur bypoll against Mamata last year, said his “stuff to prove only one thing, that under his rule, West Bengal cannot develop beyond momo, pushka and chop”.

“She’s trying to set an example for the unemployed young people in the state because there are no industries here, so that will be the survival strategy. Mamata talks big but she is jack-of-all-trades, she does not master anything, ”she added.

(Edited by Gitanjali Das)


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