Kolkata Confidential : The CM’s speech

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee needs a speech writer. This is the common refrain of not only the senior bureaucrats at the Writers’ but also of people outside the administration.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:January 16, 2012 5:03 am

The CM’s speech

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee needs a speech writer. This is the common refrain of not only the senior bureaucrats at the Writers’ but also of people outside the administration. During recent public events,the chief minster has been making several faux pas,which do no good to her image. For example,at the inaugural function of the business summit “Bengal Leads” on January 9 she said “Bangladesh had borders with Pakistan”. This was not enough,she later said: “We will excel both in Nasa and Bhasa (language)”. She made similar goofups while inaugurating the film festival at Netaji Indoor Stadium in November. So the bureaucrats and her wellwishers are baffled to hear CM’s faux pas and ask: “Why should you make yourself a laughing stock repeatedly by churning out wrong information and making a mad mix of English and Bengali words.”

Open to resume

Minister for Commerce and Industries Partha Chatterjee is looking for personal assistants. Not the usual babus of Writers’ Buildings,but suave,smart management graduates preferably from the IIMs. And he wants at least five such graduates since he handles five departments. With the state government unable to provide such officers he is pondering other ways on how to get them. Such a wish of Chatterjee perhaps is not misplaced given the background of the minister who was a general manager of a big commercial firm before he had joined active politics.

Urgency manifests!

Mamata Banerjee is not very much known for her punctuality. Arriving at the events late is a norm. But she took everyone by surprise when she arrived five minutes before the start of the business summit “Bengal Leads” in Kolkata last week. The function started sharp at 4 in the afternoon as per the schedule,therefore making people wonder how seriously the chief minister took the issue of industrialisation. In fact Derek O’ Brien,the Trinamool Rajya Sabha member,said after the formal lighting of the lamps that they were supposed to be lit at 4.15 pm but they were actually lit three minutes earlier. “This showed how our chief minister is keen on putting the industrialisation process on a fast track.

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