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Didi refuses to travel in state govt car

india Updated: Apr 29, 2011 14:19 IST
HT Correspondent

As Mamata Banerjee continues her hectic campaign, she is followed by a white Ambassador with thick blue glass windows. The Trinamool chief despite her Z plus category security continued with her refusal to board the bullet-proof car provided by the state government.

"She never uses the car. We have requested her a number of times. But she has refused. Yet we always keep it in her convoy for security," said a senior police official attached to VIP security in the state.

Even on Wednesday, during the third phase of polls, the car (WB06A-7839) rolled in near 30 B Harish Chatterjee Street in the afternoon. The Trinamool chief, who left her house for Hooghly around 4.30 am, avoided the bullet-proof car and walked into another one. As she travelled to Chinsurah, Chapdani and Uttarpara in Hooghly, the car followed in her convoy.

According to the state government, a bullet-proof car allotted to Banerjee in 2002 was unused till 2007, when the state was forced to withdraw it. It was in 2010, the car was once again introduced.