West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee seems to be worrying over her national image after recent high-handed attitude of her government in this state, towards political opponents and also Centre.
As she is cultivating Prime Ministerial ambition, in the event of hung Parliament in 2019 polls, she has started image makeover exercise. But, some of her efforts leading to more uproar.
Very recently, her photograph alongside of veteran Bengal stalwarts has created big controversy in the state. The photos include Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekananda, Rabindra Nath tagore and Jagadish Chandra Bose, on a giant flex at the heart of the Kolkata’s information technology hub.
This flexi has created a stir among the netizens as well as the commuters in the city. The blue flex has gone viral with a large number of social media users commenting on platforms like Twitter and Facebook. It has triggered howls of protests and sarcastic references.
“This is too much. Mamata Banerjee may be the most popular leader in West Bengal now, but to include her in the same bracket as such legends, isn’t that too much?” asked Sudhirti Chowdhury, a college student.
The flex bearing the headline “Famous Bengali legends’ near a busy crossing at Sector 5 in Salt Lake contains pictures in two rows of 13 eminent persons from the 19th and 20th century spanning almost all fields such as literature, the country’s freedom struggle, social and religious reform movements, science and politics. The 14th and last photo in the lower row is that of a smiling Banerjee.