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        injuries during campaigning in
            Striving to prove that “Ban-
        gla nijer meyekei chaye” (Ben-
        gal wants its own daughter),
        she continues her stride in the
        political spectrum of the na-
        tion that began in 1975 mak-
        ing the headlines by dancing
        on  the  car  of  the  most  influ-
        ential leaders of that time Jay-
        aprakash Narayan as a mark of
            Forty-six years have passed
        since  then;  her  fighting  spir-
        it continue to shine in Indi-
        an politics. She is ‘Nation’s
        Didi’ Mamata Banerjee. She
        became the chief minister of
        West Bengal in 2011 by ending
        the 34-year-long CPI(M) re-
        gime, one of the longest-serv-
        ing elected governments in the       TMC supporters celebrate the party's victory during the election result day for West Bengal assembly election, in
        world. Now after ruling the                                                 Kolkata on Sunday. (ani Photo)
        state for two successive terms,
        the game of thrown of 2021
        was not less than a do-or-die
        situation for her.
            Mamata’s poll campaign
        this time got a new dimension
        with a wheelchair after she suf-
        fered an injury in March, 2021
        while campaigning in Nandi-
            It is worth mentioning that
        the West Bengal Chief Min-
        ister spared no dais to launch
        scathing attacks on Prime Min-
        ister Modi. However, the Mo-
        di-Mamata battle was quite vis-
        ible even before the 2019 Lok
        Sabha elections. She played an
        instrumental  role in  bringing
        together all opposition parties
        against the Centre prior to the
        2019 general elections.
            Mamata Banerjee started
        her political career as a Youth  TMC supporter celebrates the party's victory near West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee residence during election
        Congress worker in the 1970s.                  result day for West Bengal assembly election, at Kalighat in Kolkata on Sunday. (ani Photo)
        She quickly rose the ranks and
        became the general secretary  dle-class family, Mamata Ba- the University of Calcutta. She  borders and slippers are all that
        of  Mahila Congress  and lat- nerjee worked as a milk booth  also worked as a stenographer  define the fashion statement of
        er All India Youth Congress.  vendor to battle poverty. Her  and a private tutor before join- Mamata Banerjee.
        In 1984 she was elected as a  father passed away due to the  ing full-time politics.                              As the ‘Khela’ of power in
        member of parliament in the  lack of treatment when she was                  Another disposition of Ma- West Bengal ended  with the
        8th Lok  Sabha  becoming one  just 17. The fighter in her never  mata Banerjee is her minimal- completion of vibrant eight-
        of India’s youngest parliamen- let the barriers dominate her.  ist lifestyle. Despite being the  phased state assembly elec-
        tarians. She founded the All  She continued her education  Chief Minister, she still lives in  tions on Thursday, all eyes are
        India Trinamool Congress in  and earned a Bachelor’s degree  her  ancestral terracotta-tiled  on the counting of votes that
        1997 after a disagreement with  in History, a Master’s degree  roof house at Kolkata’s Harish  will take place on Sunday.
        Congress.                            in Islamic History and degrees  Chatterjee Street. White cot-                Following Trinamool Con-
            Hailing from a lower-mid- in Education and Law from  ton sarees having mono-colour                           Continued on next page... >>

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