West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has now become a subject of classroom study for Trinamool Congress workers.
The main part of the week-long course, to be launched after the pujas, is titled 'Life, movements and honesty of Mamata Banerjee'.
Party general secretary Partha Chatterjee would hold regular classes on the subject. "Our members should know about the struggle of our supreme leader and her honesty," said Sankudeb Panda, president of Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP). "The course is aimed at making our members a better citizen and a better party worker."
Over the past two days, over 100 applications have reached party leaders. Once the first project is successful in Kolkata, it would be spread out in the districts. Trinamool ally Congress and the opposition CPM have criticised the idea. "This amounts to deification and is alien to Bengal's political culture and ethos. Even Forward Bloc never worshipped Subhas Chandra Bose," said Muhammed Selim, CPM member.
The subjects also include law, primary medical treatment, modern politics, role of Rabindranath Tagore and Nazrul Islam and financing of the party.
Union minister of state for shipping Mukul Roy would teach organisation and discipline and Subrata Bakshi would teach party history. Personality development would be taught by parliamentarians Derek O' Brian and Srinjoy Basu.
Primary legal knowledge would be taught by party MLAs Maloy Ghatak and Kalyan Banerjee. Parliamen-tarian Suvendu Adhikari, who was the mainstay in Nandigram, would teach planning of movement and agitations.