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Kolkata Khela Hoche: Mamata Banerjee’s Theatrical Tumbles?!?

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Kolkata is known for its theater, art, drama, and politics. However, who knew that the TMC Supremo would combine all of them together?! West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s recent ‘head’ injury has once again thrust her into the limelight. The difference is that this time around more netizens are questioning the authenticity of her hospital theatrics.

The incident is portrayed as a fall at her home resulting in a cut to her forehead. However, it raises many eyebrows given CM Mamata’s history of tumbling and injuring herself conveniently timed during election seasons!!! Let’s talk!

An Accident In Kolkata!?!

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According to reports, CM Mamata suffered a head injury after slipping and hitting her head on furniture at her residence. The TMC IT cell quickly spun the incident as an unfortunate accident to garner public sympathy!

However, suspicions soon arose when a hospital treating her said that she felt ‘someone pushed her from behind’ in an interview!!!

Was this a case of घर का भेदी लंका ढाये ?!?? Or was this her deranged imaginings???

The TMC denies it all and Doctor Sahab calls it a misinterpretation of his words!!!

The TMC’s social media posts also raise certain questions about the bloodied forehead drama. How come no one wiped the blood off CM Mamata’s face??? The photo shows dried-up blood on her face, why didn’t anyone wipe it away? In the 14-20 minutes that CM Mamata was in the ambulance, the blood remained on her face and was never cleaned!!! So was it an accident or photo ops?? It seems in Kolkata Khela Hobe is not just for cricket?!?

Political Theater or Genuine Mishap?!!

Apart from the photo perception management, the timing of CM Banerjee’s injury is also questionable! West Bengal is boiling with Sandeshkhali Horror, ED Attacks, PDS scams, Illegal Immigration, and other incidents of mismanagement. Amidst the heat of accusations, CM Mamata’s political campaigning seems to be hinged on swaying voter sympathy via ‘injuries’!!! No political party has come forward to imply any foul play or propaganda. However, many netizens raise skepticism about the authenticity of her health.

With general elections looming, CM Mamata has a history of getting ‘injured’!

Her penchant for leveraging sympathy-inducing narratives to sway public opinion is not unprecedented.

We saw it in 2021 with an injured leg and the stone-pelting story! Critics argue that her injuries conveniently align with her political agenda. They capitalized on incidents of physical disability to portray her as a ‘Wounded Tigress of West Bengal’! Why? To gain vote support and sympathy!

The Humpty Dumpty Comparison

CM Banerjee’s repeated brushes with injury bring forth to mind a nursery rhyme character – Humpty Dumpty, who famously had a great fall. Much like Humpty Dumpty, CM Mamata’s political image is fragile at the moment. Thus, she is relying on a proven formula to gain traction in the upcoming elections. However, unlike the nursery rhyme, CM Banerjee’s falls seem less accidental and more strategic in nature. These calculated maneuvers and explanations no longer elicit empathy from the electorate. Conversely, they invite criticism and disbelief!

The BJP won 18 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, while the TMC won 22. Most of these 22 seats came from CM Banerjee’s stronghold in Kolkata! Thus, with the public up in arms against TMC goons, maybe CM Mamata is running scared! Is she trying to rejuvenate her image by presenting herself as a self-sacrificing woman?!? Or is she really too old and ill to be in politics?!? 

Political Reactions

Unsurprisingly, CM Mamat’s injury allows all political parties to be politically correct. A flurry of well-wishes from all her political rivals and allies has poured in on social media platforms. From PM Modi to CM Stalin, they all wish her a speedy recovery. However, amidst this sea of condolences, whispers of skepticism can be clearly read in the subtext of every IT Cell!!

BJP LoP in West Bengal, Suvendu Adhikari, seemed to refer to a head injury in his latest speech. He claims that the scams and imminent bad times may have caused “someone” to reel and cause them to fall. This subtle statement was objected to by TMC and the leaders are staging a Protest against Adhikaro for the same! Moreover, they claim he is the making fin of a 65-year-old woman! Of course, they forget to mind their tongues on Bharat’s 73-year-old PM!!! Whatever the true nature of CM Banerjee’s injury, political games persist on the topic.

A Pattern of Political Maneuvering

CM Mamata’s tumble should be viewed as part of a pattern of political maneuvering aimed at securing electoral gains. The recurrence of such incidents, often preceding crucial political junctures, questions the method and means of CM Banerjee. As West Bengal braces for yet another 2024 electoral showdown, CM Mamata’s theatrical falls remind everyone of the murky intersection between politics and performance.

Is Mamata Banerjee really hurt? Is this recent injury another chapter in the ongoing saga of political theatrics in West Bengal?? Who knows. The TMC paints her as a valiant leader battling adversity. However, skeptics view her injuries as calculated ploys to manipulate public sentiment and voter sympathy. As the drama in Kolkata and West Bengal unfolds, one thing remains certain – in the high-stakes games of Indian politics, you can never tell if CM Mamata is bluffing?!!!!

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