As Durga Puja dawns Mamata Banerjee turns “Goddess”
Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, popularly called Didi, is on a busy spree. While she has been busy inaugurating more than two dozen pujas, Maa Durga has been recreated in the form of Banerjee in Chakdah, a suburban town in Bengal.
The idol shows her dressed in her signature white-and-blue-border, white saree, and slippers. The 10-hand 5.5 feet fibreglass idol shows the politician holding symbols of/indicating towards the various government schemes she introduced in past five years while ruling the state. The 10 hands are attached separately to Banerjee’s statue, which portrays her with folded hands.
The interesting part is also the backdrop which shows 25 districts of the state, the developments in the hilly regions of Darjeeling to the advancement in Rajarhat’s New Town, and other social schemes that she launched during her tenure – like Kanyashree – the idol showcases it all.
The reason for this idea is still unknown but it is being highly criticized on Social media platforms. Disguising the minister as an idol hurts religious sentiments of people, bringing up the angst amongst people for didi.
In another scenario, a popular puja committee in Bhawanipoor, South Kolkata has dedicated its pandal theme to her and her life’s journey. This just happens to be the constituency where TMC chief recently won from.
Bhowanipur Durgoutsov Samity, calls the theme ‘Inspiration’ and claims to have planned it around January, orders for the idol were given in February and by March the paintings were also commissioned. The pandal has been decorated with paintings that portray Mamata Banerjee’s life since 1993. Outside the pandal, the club has put up photographs of the TMC chief with eminent personalities, from Mother Teresa to Sania Mirza.
Banerjee also drew the third eye at a club in South Kolkata on Mahalaya and also released a song, ‘Prithibi Ektai Desh’ that she penned for “the ensuing Sharod Utsav.”