Mamata Banerjee's photo with Bengali stalwarts sparks outrage

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08 Mar 2019

Mamata Banerjee's photo with 'Famous Bengali Legends' sparks outrage

The presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on a billboard titled 'Famous Bengali Legends' has sparked outrage.

The giant flex put up in Kolkata's tech hub has images of stalwarts like Rabindranath Tagore, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, and Raja Ram Mohan Roy.

And Banerjee, a politician, whose success is nowhere close to the aforementioned icons shared space with them too.

Here's more.

Poster

Poster celebrated those who scripted history

Poster celebrated those who scripted history

The flex put up at Salt Lake had photos of 13 eminent personalities from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Revolutionary Raja Ram Mohan Roy, who worked relentlessly to abolish Sati practice, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, who advocated widow remarriage, and Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, the author of Vande Mataram, featured in the poster.

Scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose and physicist Satyendra Nath Bose were also given spots.

Details

How exactly is Banerjee a "legend"?

Freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, literary giant Rabindranath Tagore, Ramachandra Paramhans and his disciple Swami Vivekananda, Michael Madhusudan Dutt, Kazi Najrul Islam, and former Chief Minister Bidhan Chandra Roy also featured in the flex.

The 14th photo in the banner was that of Banerjee, and many called out the absurdity of it.

We can't wrap our heads around it, either.

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Reactions

Twitter users slammed Banerjee

Twitter users slammed Banerjee

Twitter user @Vish_A tweeted: You can be self-centered, you can be self-obsessed, but you just can't beat Mamata Di on those accounts!

And @SomuAcme wrote: This barely literate lady #MamataBanerjee crossed all limits of democratic means by demeaning the prides of #Bengal (sic).

Meanwhile, college student Sudhirti Chowdhury said, Banerjee might be the most popular leader in Bengal but the poster was "too much".

Statements

Here's what officials said on the poster

As the poster snowballed into a controversy, Bidhannagar municipality chairperson Krishna Chakraborty said the area where it was put up didn't fall under civic body's purview.

Meanwhile, State Fire Services Minister Sujit Bose said he didn't know such a poster existed.

"I have no idea about its existence. How can I comment on something unless I can confirm that it exists," Bose asked.

Previously, Banerjee shared space with legendary filmmakers

As it turns out, this isn't the first time Banerjee has been put on the same pedestal as legends. During the 2019 Film Festival at Nandan Cultural Center, her photograph was put next to people like Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, and Mrinal Sen.

Plans

Meanwhile, Banerjee will start elections campaign today

Meanwhile, Banerjee will start elections campaign today

Banerjee chose International Women's Day to start her Lok Sabha polls campaign. The towering leader is scheduled to participate in a rally, which will start from Shraddhananda Park and end at Esplanade area.

"She (Banerjee) will give her message for the Lok Sabha polls. And after the dates are announced, a full-fledged campaign will begin," a senior TMC leader said.

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Why are people slamming Mamata Banerjee?

Asked 2019-03-08 11:25:23 by Aradhya Chattopadhyay

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Mamata Banerjee's photo was put alongside Bengali stalwarts in a poster and people slammed her for it.

Where was the poster put up?

Asked 2019-03-08 11:25:23 by Aarav Sen

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The poster was put up in the Salt Lake area of Kolkata.

Who all featured in the flex?

Asked 2019-03-08 11:25:23 by Sai Kadam

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Legends like Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda, and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose featured in the poster.

Which party does Mamata Banerjee belong to?

Asked 2019-03-08 11:25:23 by Reyansh Jhadav

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Mamata Banerjee belongs to the Trinamool Congress.

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