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Mamata Banerjee wished late legendary ghazal singer Jagjit Singh ‘happy birthday’ on Twitter

The West Bengal CM wished the late ghazal singer Jagjit Singh a happy birthday on Twitter. Realising her the mistake, she soon deleted the tweet.

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On February 8, Banerjee took to Twitter to wish birthday greetings to a bunch of dignitaries, except that she probably forgot that one of them — legendary ghazal singer Jagjit Singh — had passed away back in 2011. (Source: Twitter and Indian Express Archives)

Social media is a great way to communicate, but sometimes the immediacy of the medium can backfire. The most recent victim of this was West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who anyway has a knack for garnering attention for all the wrong reasons.

On February 8, Banerjee took to Twitter to wish birthday greetings to a bunch of dignitaries, except that she probably forgot that one of them — legendary ghazal singer Jagjit Singh — had passed away back in 2011. The All India Trinamool Congress chief had tweeted:

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Birthday greetings to Jagjit Singh,Zakir Hussain, Md Azharuddin. And if it is also your birthday today,let me wish you too
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) February 8, 2016

The message confused many, with some pointing out the error.

 

Soon realising the faux pas, Banerjee deleted the tweet and instead sent a message out wishing Zakir Hussain and Md Azharuddin, a remembrance message for Jagjit Singh and — in a spirit of bonhomie — a wish to anyone born on February 8.

 

Banerjee also wished members of the Chinese community — many of whom reside in Kolkata — a happy new year.