BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: On Thursday West Bengal citizens remained busy with a video where chief minister Mamata Banerjee is seen drawing circles with chalk, bricks near roadside fruit sellers in Kolkata to make people understand the need for social distancing in this time of crisis.
Covering her mouth with a white handkerchief, she also explained to them where customers should stand while they come to the market. She also enquired about whether the vegetable sellers were facing any difficulty or not. And within no time, her video went viral with netizens praising her effort to save her own state. Many compared her as a mother who is trying to save her child – Bengal – in the ongoing crisis situation. Always known as a street fighter, many praised the TMC supremo for maintaining such a calm and poised
demeanour even when the state has seen 10 cases of coronavirus patients and one death.
Bengali screenwriter Neel B Mitra took to Facebook and shared a photograph of Mamata marking the circles in the market. “Haat jor Korey , bokey , ekhon bhirey ki bhabey daratey hwabe seta dekhiye. Ekjon CM aar ki ki korley sobai kwatha shunbe ? Hats off to Didi , all who are criticising her still , ask your soul once you come out of your false political /ideological arrogance . A leader leads you , good happens when you follow. As for the PM , I support his moves too . The fund allocation to begin with is good to begin with . ( No IMF loans have been asked for as of now , Germany and Italy have gone that way ) Both are trying what’s in their jurisdiction , are we trying to listen ?,” she posted.
— Sayan Sen (@SayanSe77316967) March 26, 2020
In a video shared online by TMC MP Derek O’Brien, he said there are “No words” to describe his leader.
No words… pic.twitter.com/zqejgnntvk
— Citizen Derek | নাগরিক ডেরেক (@derekobrienmp) March 26, 2020
TMC MP and actor Dev praised her for working on the field amid this contagious virus outbreak and hoped for her safety.
True..When every world Leader is delivering from their office, here we have someone who is working on field to take care of the situation.
Respect for her as a human has gone up today even more.
But amidst all the hardwork, hope Didi @MamataOfficial you are safe too.🙏🏻 https://t.co/UMPOXWrlCH
— Dev (@idevadhikari) March 26, 2020
Another TMC MP and actor Mimi Chakraborty, who is in quarantine, went speechless watching Banerjee’s action.
Really no words..🙏 https://t.co/zPzNwJytFX
— Mimssi (@mimichakraborty) March 26, 2020
Bibaho Abhijaan filmmaker Birsa Dasgupta said she will always be “our leading light”.
— Birsa Dasgupta (@BirsaDasgupta) March 27, 2020
Mamata has always been a popular among the netizens. Be it her witty dialogues, Hindi accent or her hilarious catchy slogans, netizens never missed a chance to troll her. But this time, the scenario has largely changed. Even her harshest critics from the opposition parties are praising her for tirelessly working day and night to keep the state safe. A lot is being said about her mature handling of the pandemic situation in the state.
In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced 21-day long nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of the virus. Before PM’s announcement, Mamata had already shut the state and announced a bunch of schemes to execute the lockdown.
Mamata on Tuesday i.e. the day when PM announced the lockdown visited almost all the major hospitals in the city and the quarantine centre at Rajarhat to boost the morale of the doctors and health workers. On day 3 of the lockdown, she visited Alipore area in Kolkata and distributed food among the daily-wage labourers and rickshaw pullers.