Mamata Banerjee: Prefer to write only my name and not surname
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is amassing all her weapons to combat the BJP and its rising popularity in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Recently, she attended a government programme and said she didn't like using her surname until it was officially necessary. Although her remarks weren't openly directed to any individual, it might sound like an indirect dig at BJP and it's alleged caste and religion based politics.
"I prefer to write Mamata only and don’t want to use my surname. The bank account has my surname since it was done earlier. Why should the surname become someone’s introduction? We should be known by what we do, not by our name," she said. “Have we ever asked whether (hockey Olympian) Gurbaksh Singh is from Punjab or Bengal, whether (former footballer) Shyam Thapa is from the plains of the mountains, whether (India’s second chess grandmaster) Dibyendu Barua is from Bengal or Assam?," she added, reinstating her opinion while she also felicitated sportspersons at the ceremony.
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This inevitably invited a reaction from the state BJP machinery. “Why is she referring to it now? Does she want to indulge in caste politics in Bengal before the Lok Sabha polls? She should also officially drop the surname," said state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh, reports HT.
Mamata, whose name appears with her surname on all publications, hoardings, and advertisements, uses only her first name in her paintings. Her poetry books, however, feature her full name as the author.