Armed with buckets of white paint and brushes, Trinamool workers are busy cleaning up the walls of Kolkata now that elections are over.
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee announced the move, which is sure to be a hit with voters. Walls will be given a fresh coat of paint and party flags and festoons will be removed.
The directive was issued from the Kalighat house-cum-party office of Banerjee and Trinamool candidates and party workers were directed to immediately clean up walls and remove posters and flags.
"The polls are over and we are concentrating on operation whitewash. The walls do not look good with political slogans and emblems. We took permission from house owners for poll graffiti. Now it is the time to paint them once again," said Trinamool secretary general and candidate from Behala West Partha Chatterjee.
"The workers have been given directions after the polls were over and work is on," said Arup Biswas, Trinamool candidate from Tollygunge. The work is on in full swing in Kalighat, Bhowanipore, Manicktala and Jorabagan. Groups of workers were seen whitewashing walls and pulling down flags.
House owners are obviously happy. Kalyan Chatterjee, a resident of Azadgarh on NSC Bose Road, said, "This is a noble initiative and my neighbourhood will look clean."
The issue of environment and cleanliness has often been highlighted in Bengal and even the high court has made several directivess regarding rallies in Brigade Parade Ground. The poll panel has taken a strong stand on graffiti, making it mandatory for parties to take written permission from house owners.