A celebration of woman power is doubly blessed if it has the inaugural touch of the most powerful woman in the state. Not one, or two, but 1,000 plus Durga Puja organisers seem to have had the same eureka-moment, which explains the large number of invitations requesting chief minister Mamata Banerjee to inaugurate Durga Puja festivities across West Bengal.
"People want her to share their joy. She is a mass leader and still the girl next door," said urban development minister Firhad Hakim, who would be accompanying her on many of the functions.
On Thursday, Banerjee inaugurated seven pujas, among which was Chetla Sarbojanin which is headed by Hakim and has communal harmony as its theme.
"This year Ma Durga has blessed us with the Singur verdict," said Madan Mitra, state sports minister.
The party is waiting to cash in on the opportunity. Besides its leaders patronising pujas, the party mouthpiece Jago Bangla and Trinamool Chattra Parishad (TMCP) will be setting up stalls in Kolkata and other districts.
"We have planned to put up over two dozen stalls showcasing Didi's books and party literature," said Sankudeb Panda, president, TMCP. "We will also host small photo exhibitions about our party's work. We aim to draw the youths and the students."