A day in life of Mamata
If West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee decides to lead by example then her team better shape up because she is setting a punishing pace with 16-hour workdays during which she has a lot on her plate except food.Updated: Jun 03, 2011 01:36 IST
If West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee decides to lead by example then her team better shape up because she is setting a punishing pace with 16-hour workdays during which she has a lot on her plate except food.
8 am: The day of chief minister Mamata Banerjee starts. After freshening up she runs on the treadmill at her residence at 30 B Harish Chatterjee Road in Kalighat.
9 am: Her favourite power breakfast tea and puffed rice. Simultaneously, phone calls pour in and she makes a number of them. She chats up with Subrata Bakshi minister and senior leader and Mukul Roy, MOS railways about party matter and railways, a portfolio, which she recently gave up before being the chief minister of Bengal.
10 am: She prepares for the day, while giving instructions regarding her mother who is ailing. She chats up with her mother.
11 am: A quick look at the television channels, while going through the newspapers. This is followed by offering Puja. Before leaving the house, she spends some time with her mother.
11.20 am: Her personal security guards get ready, so are a few media persons standing near her house. She leaves her house on black Santro, which is not her government car. After becoming chief minister and even enjoying a Z plus security cover, she has refused to use the bullet proof car meant for the chief minister. The car left the house, but surprisingly did not take the route towards writers’ building.
11.30 am: The car like any other on the city road stopped at every signal. Mamata Banerjee was seen smiling and waving on to people on other cars. She has already asked the Kolkata police not to make special arrangements for her travel, including giving a free passage for her convoy.
12 noon: The chief minister’s convoy reached the gates of Bhagajatin state general hospital, catching everyone including doctors, nurses, relatives of patients by shock if not surprise. She walked out of the car and straight the superintendent’s chamber looking for him. Learning that the super was on leave, she walked through the wards and talked to the doctors and other staff.
1 pm: Her convoy reached writers’ building. Immediately holds a meeting with teachers.
1.20 pm: She sat for a meeting with Manish Gupta, state minister for planning and development and thereafter with Amit Mitra state finance minister.
2.45 pm: A meeting with the state food and supplies minister Jyotipriyo Mullick and chief secretary Samar Ghosh. This was followed by a meeting on Kolkata’s traffic system. In between meetings, tea, peanuts and puffed rice come in.
3.30: She walked out of her chambers and straight to the podium. ‘I have a few announcements to make’ she said. One by one she announced the decisions of the government, which included increasing the ceiling for residents of Jungalmahal to avail Rs 2 kg rice and wheat. She also announced overhauling of the parking system in Kolkata. “I have a meeting at 4 pm regarding education. Let me finish it and then again I will brief you all,” she said smiling while rushing to her chambers once again.
4.20 pm: meeting with higher education minister Bratya Basu and then asking him to brief the press.
5.30 pm: Meeting with law minister Malay Ghatak regarding release of political prisoners, which was one of her pre poll promises.
6 pm: Physically disadvantaged swimmer where she promised help.
6.15 pm: She once again calls the law minister and sat for meeting.
7 pm: Chatting up with some of the media persons , Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and some of her party leaders.
7.30 pm: She leaves writers’ buildings and goes straight to home, where she has a number of visitors including a group of intellectuals. Meeting continues for more than an hour
9:00 pm: Telephonic conversation with her MPs; takes updates from Mukul Roy on railways.
9:30 pm: moves to adjacent house to chat with brothers. Enquires about mother’s ailing health.
10:30 pm: Enquires about Kolkata Municipal Corporation work and how her party is functioning in the districts. Fixes the next day’s programmes. Chats with her close partymen. Enquires about developments close to her heart such as Netai, Singur and Nandigram
12 midnight: Goes for 15-20 minute treadmill. She claims it refreshes her
2:30-3:00 am: Goes to sleep.
First Published: Jun 02, 2011 23:27 IST