Dipak Kumar Ghosh, a former IAS officer and former trusted aide to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has revealed some dark secrets of TMC supremo in a book about her. Ghosh described how Mamta Banerjee ate chicken and vegetable sandwiches, fish fingers and chocolates throughout her 26-day hunger strike in 2006.
The book titled “Mamata Banerjee – As I Knew Her or the Goddess Who Failed” was released on May 18, 2012.
Today, September 19, 2022, Twitter user @Aryan_warlord tweeted an excerpt from former TMC leader Dipak Kumar Ghosh’s book to revisit the secret of 16-year-old Mamata Banerjee.
I must say that I completely agree with Didi on the diet plans. In this one thing, I’m much more with Didi than Modi pic.twitter.com/SsTjI5HFsn
— Ninjamonkey 🇮🇳 (@Aryan_warlord) September 19, 2022
16 years ago, on December 4, 2006, Mamata Banerjee started a 26-day hunger strike in Kolkata to oppose the “forced acquisition” of farmland in Hooghly district of Singur by the government of left of the time for the Nano car factory offered by Tata Motors. .
In the 8th chapter of his booktitled “Fasting with sandwich as dinner and chocolate throughout the day”, Dipak Kumar Ghosh wrote, “Close associates of Mamata Banerjee called it a 25-day fast (from the morning of December 4 to December 28, 2006 at midnight) as historic and claimed she had surpassed Gandhi. He then revealed how Banerjee’s 26-day hunger strike in 2006 was an all-out charade, with her quietly eating sandwiches and fish fingers for dinner and chocolates during the day.
Ghosh revealed how Mamata Banerjee, initially during the first 2-3 days of her fast, drank lemon and glucose water, but after that she secretly started eating sandwiches and fish sticks snuck in on her. the protest site by his Personal Assistant (PA) Gautam Basu.
He wrote how she arranged for her PA Gautam Basu to secretly get her 4-5 chicken and vegetable sandwiches and fish sticks from the Dalhousie Institute in Jhowtala Courtesy of Derek O’Brien for the having dinner.
He further exposed Mamata Banerjee by revealing how she kept lots of imported chocolates under her pillow and secretly ate them whenever she felt the need.
“But what did Mamata do during all those days of record fasting? She drank lemon water, glucose water etc. during the first 2/3 days. But, after Sonali disappeared from the scene, she received 4/5 of the chicken/cheese sandwiches and fish sticks, brought secretly by her PA Gautam Basu (poor fellow died in 2008) from the Dalhousie Institute to Jhowtola courtesy of Derek Obrien for his dinner. . Mamata made Derek Obrien an MP for Rajya Sabha in July 2011,” wrote Dipak Kumar Ghosh in the 8th chapter of his book – Mamata Banerjee – As I Knew Her Or The Goddess Who Failed
“She also kept lots of expensive chocolates under her pillow to secretly put in her mouth whenever she felt the need. This writer discovered it, when one afternoon, Amitava Bhattacharya brought her grandson on stage. Mamata called her to her side and put a chocolate in her little hand. This writer noticed it and thus discovered the truth,” added Dipak Kumar Ghosh.
How Mamata Banerjee profited from the successes of the Nandigram and Singur agitations of 2006-07
In 2006-07 there was a massive protest against the acquisition of land for the Tata manufacturing plant, which escalated into violence and bloodshed when police forces under the Left Front government opened fire on demonstrators. Mamata Banerjee, as the main opposition at the time, led the charge against the same.
Mamata Banerjee, who acted as a farmers’ rights campaigner while protesting Tata Motors’ ‘forced’ land acquisition for the Nano project in Singur, then staged a 26-day campaign hunger-strike at Kolkata’s Metro Channel land in the Esplanade area, to force Ratan Tata to withdraw his dream project in October 2008.
In January 2007, Mamata Banerjee greatly exacerbated the Nandigram crisis. The movement gained momentum, culminating in the death of 14 poor farmers in police shootings, which helped Mamata mobilize artists like Mahasweta Devi, Aparna Sen and anti-Gujarat “activists” like Medha Patkar against the forced acquisition of land.
Years after Tata’s manufacturing plant was moved from Singur, West Bengal, to Sanand, Gujarat, farmers involved in the unrest against Tata’s giant have expressed regret for the unrest. However, Mamata used the successes of the anti-land acquisition movements in Nandigram and Singur to win a historic victory in the 2011 elections in West Bengal against the long-ruling leftist government.