Mamata launches TMC’s upgraded mobile app

Within hours, the announcement was followed by a steady stream of complaints.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | Kolkata | Published:February 29, 2016 12:11 am
Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal, Tea Gardens, North Bengal, Dunlop, Tea workers plight, West Bengal government File photo West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

CHIEF MINISTER Mamata Banerjee on Sunday took to the social media to announce the launch of the Trinamool Congress’ updated mobile app. The app, now in its third version, could be downloaded by Android and Apple users from Google Play Store and Apple Store respectively along with a newly updated website.

“To give you a whole new world of experience on digital interface, a new customised and updated mobile app has just been launched, which can help you to get lots of information at your fingertips on mobiles, tablets etc. Please enjoy the experience,” Mamata posted on her Facebook wall.

Within hours, the announcement was followed by a steady stream of complaints. These ranged from praise from hopeful Trinamool workers to requests for government jobs.

Soon, a trend emerged with those miffed with the party’s tenure speaking of their growing disillusionment at the seeming proximity between Trinamool and alleged criminal elements.

Former state government employee Reeta Dev (34), while showering praise on Mamata, also expressed concern about increasing crime rate, particularly against women, in the state. “Some culprits are destroying our society by murder, rape. Society (has a) duty (to) identify them and isolate them,” she

said while asking “who is responsible” for the creation and sustenance of the mafia in the state.

Sanjoy Mondol, a resident of Kolkata and a former student at University of Calcutta, said though Mamata was a “good politician” and a “great opposition leader”, she has proved

herself to be “the worst administrator”.

Anirban Burman, a physiotherapist based out of London, expressed his disillusionment with the CM. “I thought you were different… but either you are not bothered about development in West Bengal… or you have no control over your syndicates…” he posted. He added that he had come to invest in Kolkata, but the syndicate — a colloquialism for politically-supported land mafia in the state — “took away” his business.

Sayed Kabir, a Botanist in Siliguri, said: “TMC has done many good things but completely failed on law and order (situation). Police department is non existent in West Bengal.”

A party spokesperson, while stressing on the “deluge of positive response” to the app, admitted that the Trinamool top brass was concerned. “She (Mamata) knows about the common people’s concerns about some leaders who have crossed the line. She is holding meetings at the district level and has made it very clear that she will not tolerate any factionalism in the party. She has also taken note of the MLAs who haven’t performed and this will be reflected when tickets are distributed for the polls,” he said.

The party’s website was launched in 2009 and since then, Trinamool has widened its digital presence and has been very active on social media with a strong presence on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Currently, Trinamool has almost 20,000 followers on Twitter and 1.1 lakh likes on Facebook, the party website said.

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