Political rivalry gives way to puja bonhomie

The bitter rivalry between the ruling Trinamool Congress and opposition Left Front melts away in Naktala at the time of Durga Puja.

Written by Sulagna Sengupta | Kolkata | Published: October 17, 2012 2:06 am

The bitter rivalry between the ruling Trinamool Congress and opposition Left Front melts away in Naktala at the time of Durga Puja.

At Naktala Udayan Sangha in south Kolkata,the chief patron of the Durga Puja committee is RSP leader Kshiti Goswami,and the chairman is Trinamool leader and state industry minister Partha Chatterjee. Puja organisers said that for the last seven years,both the chairman and chief patron have shared a very cordial relationship.

Bappa Dasgupta,general secretary of the club,said that both Goswami and Chatterjee had helped the club in many ways. “While the chief patron gives us ideas on how to raise funds for the club,the chairman helps us organise the puja on a big scale to attract more revellers. They also help to manage the crowd,and suggested that we deploy additional volunteers so that crowds could be dispersed easily,” Dasgupta said.

Both of them were to be present at the inauguration by Chief Minister Minister Banerjee this evening.

Puja organisers said that this year,around Rs 35 lakh had been spent for organising the puja,while in previous years the budget was as high as Rs 40-50 lakh.

In its 26th year,the Naktala Udayan Sangha has decided to showcase the life cycle of a butterfly. The pandal is constructed with iron rods and and the lighting has been made to match the essence of the theme.

Dasgupta said,“This year we have planned to organise a Durga Bandana,which will be sung by Ustad Rashid Khan and his team. A theme song of the butterfly has been composed by the lead singer,Surajit of Bengali band Bhoomi.”

A host of programmes have been planned during the puja days.

On Sasthi,the organisers will distribute clothes to the poor,to be followed by a classical music programme by the members. From Saptami till Dashami,the organisers plan to host various musical programmes,along with plays scripted by local residents. A recitation competition and Sruti Natya have also been organised.

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