05 March, 2021

Dear Didi, Er, Pishi!

Amit Shah says Mamata Banerjee’s sole goal is to secure her nephew Abhishek Banerjee’s future as the new CM of West Bengal.

Photograph by PTI
Dear Didi, Er, Pishi!

The BJP IT cell’s national head Amit Malviya tweeted, “Pishi has only cared for votebank, not real development!” That was on December 16 and two days later, the BJP Bengal unit’s Twitter handle said, “…TMC cadres have scant respect for Bengali culture. All they do is compete with each other to appease Pishi at the cost of dishonouring national heroes like Netaji or Kabiguru.” More was to come a day later. “The very motherland is again in the dictatorial clutches of Pishi,” twitted the BJP’s Bengal unit joint general secretary Kishor Barman.

Pishi, meaning paternal aunt, is the new moniker dominating the discourse in Bengal politics, being used to refer to Mamata Banerjee—affectionately called Didi in Bengal and beyond—by leaders of BJP and Left alike. Even her nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, calls her Didi. “Those who built the TMC are unimportant in the party now. They are not in the party. The TMC has transformed into a party of the Pishi and her Bhaipo,” Sujan Chakraborty, the leader of Left...

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