The onset of the coronavirus pandemic has compelled the Trinamool Congress chief to remain bodily away from inaugurating pandals this 12 months and as a substitute full the formalities in a digital mode from the state secretariat, Nabanna. She has earmarked 15-17 October for this function.
Indeed, what Banerjee appears to have misplaced out when it comes to bodily presence in pandals, she could have greater than made up within the slew of sops she doled out to neighborhood puja committees this 12 months.
Her announcement of doubling the once-a-year grant from Rs 25,000 final 12 months to Rs 50,000 this 12 months to 37,000 puja committees throughout the state was greeted with loud cheers from contributors on the Netaji Indoor Stadium assembly with puja committee representatives. That was shortly adopted up by bulletins of full waiver of municipal taxes and a 50 per cent waiver of electrical energy payments for the gladly accepting committee members.
It is a straight hit of almost Rs 200 crore to the general public exchequer in a cash-strapped state which is crying hoarse over its dues from Centre over GST share and Amphan aid. But few doubt the political efficacy of such a transfer in an election-bound state.
It is that this house that the BJP desires to sink its enamel in. It is not any shock subsequently that the state unit of the social gathering determined to ship a proposal to the PMO to have Modi make a particular handle to the folks on Sasthi morning when most residents of Bengal can be inclined to briefly push the Pandemic misery within the backburner and stay up for the 5 days of festivities.
All ears, subsequently, on what PM Modi has to say to seize fashionable creativeness.