The use of Writers Building for the release of a party mouthpiece, however, has raised some uncomfortable questions. Trinamool Congress Leads aims at reaching out to the masses nationally. Even on the international level it will be serving as the mouthpiece of the party. The Party Supremo Mamata Banerjee in her column ‘Perspective’ complained about the role of a section of media for maligning the state government. This in fact necessitated the publication of the English monthly organ for the party. She expressed firm faith in democracy. She has expressed satisfaction that her government has done remarkable work within a very short time. She also assures that there would be no tax on the common man. “Trinamool government is pro-poor,” asserts Banerjee.
She also says that decision making is difficult because of the strange power equation between the Centre and the state. Derek O' Brien, Trinamool MP and editor of the magazine, released it on Monday. O'brien, Union Railway Minister, Mukul Roy and state finance minister, Amit Mitra gave a copy of the magazine to the CM. The magazine, targeting non-Bengali speaking readers, will be distributed free of cost.
It is expected that the Trinamool political organ will revamp the image of the party to the foreign investors and the non-Bengali ones. Already the pan India base of Trinamool is extending after the electoral victory in Manipur. The magazine assumes significance for the party to make inroads into North Eastern states and tourist state of Goa.
The first issue gives importance to the visit of Hillary Clinton and the cover picture highlights it. The party is elated by the promises of US-Bengal ties. The completion of one year of the Trinamool government seems to be a very apt time for the party to release its mouthpiece for reaching out to more people other than Bengalis. Paltu Das, a CPI(M) activist ironically commented, “The Trinamool patrika (it will be actually a magazine) will be full of Mamata’s ungrammatical English and no one would get a chance for writing in it.” But Trinamool intellectuals are quite happy with the release of an English mouthpiece of the party. It will help them tell people of other states about the party achievements.
The magazine however in the first issue does not say much about the party. It is more committed to the display of the government achievements. It may, in its present state represent more the government than the party itself. Probably that may be a reason why it is being released without hesitation from the administrative building of Writers.
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