Mamata Banerjee has sent out a Hindi tweet wishing her followers on Hindi Diwas, which has ended up displeasing many of her supporters in West Bengal.
Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has sent out a message wishing her followers on Hindi Diwas, however, this has ended up displeasing many of her supporters in West Bengal
In a Hindi tweet on Tuesday, Mamata Banerjee wished Indians and those working towards the enrichment of the language.
Mamata Banerjee’s wishes on Hindi Diwas comes just ahead of the crucial Bhabanipur bye-election in which the TMC chief is seeking re-election to retain the CM’s chair.
Located in south Kolkata, Bhabanipur is one of Kolkata’s oldest localities with a substantial non-Bengali vote base. With a mixed demography, the seat comprises Gujarati, Marwari and Punjabi-speaking voters apart from Bengalis.
Unlike the recently concluded Bengal assembly election in which BJP fielded actor Rudanil Ghosh, the party has now opted for Priyanka Tibrewal for the bye-election. She hails from the Marwari community.
After the Trinamool Congress’s aggressive campaign riding on Bengali pride and targeting BJP leadership as “outsiders” during the assembly polls, Mamata Banerjee’s latest tweet on Hindi Diwas has invited sharp criticism from within her own fan base.
“Madam, I consider you a member of my own family. Your excitement over Hindi is painful for us. If catering to Hindi speakers could help you garner votes then you would had to face the 2019 result despite creating a Hindi university using our taxpayers money!” wrote Shawshanko, a Twitter user.
“No matter how much you butter them they will always be against you. This tweet in whatever language you tweeted will not change the reality. Next time think again when you ask for votes saying “Bangla nijer meye ke chai”. Stop behaving like BJP if you want our votes,” wrote another Twitter user by the name AITC Supporter.
“Mother, do not impose Hindi on us!” wrote Gautam Mazumdar. Another user by the name Tanwi wrote, “You are the CM of Bengal. The language in which you have posted the tweet, 86% people in Bengal do not understand that. Is Bangla Divas celebrated in the Hindi belt? How many Hindi speakers celebrate February 21? Stop Hindi imposition”.
Not just her supporters, even the Opposition has hit out at Mamata Banerjee over the Hindi Diwas tweet. CPIM leader Dipsita Dhar, who also contested the state assembly polls, wrote, “Why should I celebrate Hindi Divas? Is there a Bangla Divas? Tamil Divas? Malayalam Divas? Hindi is a beautiful language, I speak Hindi when wanted, but can’t bow down to hindi supremacy. Not now, not ever.”