West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee pours tea at a stall, during an election campaign ahead of state assembly polls, in Nandigram. (PTI Photo)
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee pours tea at a stall, during an election campaign ahead of state assembly polls, in Nandigram. (PTI Photo)

At Nandigram, Mamata Banerjee makes tea, serves to people

  • The video shows the Bengal chief minister clad in a white saree, holding a plastic sieve and serving the hot tea from a saucepan.
By hindustantimes.com | Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 11:27 PM IST

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday took over a tea stall in Nandigram and prepared tea for the people of the constituency from where she will fight the upcoming polls. In a video shared by news agency ANI, the chief minister was seen serving tea in cups at the tea stall surrounded by people present in the tea stall as well as Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers.

The video shows the Bengal chief minister clad in a white saree, holding a plastic sieve and serving the hot tea from a saucepan. Tea stalls are integral to the people of Bengal as these are often seen as places for social gatherings among Bengalis to discuss a wide variety of topics starting from politics to sports to cinema.

This detour from her busy campaigning schedule can be seen as a means to connect with the electorate in Nandigram which has become a vital constituency in the upcoming Bengal elections. Mamata Banerjee remains firm that Nandigram will remain with the TMC. Her party workers earlier this month were already looking for a house from where the TMC supremo would be staying and planning the campaign strategy, according to an HT report.

Nandigram, which was crucial to Trinamool’s rise to political prominence both regionally and nationally, has come to the fore once again as TMC rebel and BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari declared he would fight and win the polls from this constituency in the upcoming elections.

The campaign for the Bengal elections has taken the centrestage compared to the other states that are going to the polls around the same time. BJP’s campaigns included several visits from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and BJP chief JP Nadda.

Bengal will head into elections on March 27. The elections will be held over eight rounds spanning 33 days. The elections for 294-seats will be held on the following dates - March 27, April 1, April 6, April 10, April 17, April 22, April 26 and April 29. The votes will be counted on May 2.

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