Bengal News: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday surprised her during her visit to Darjeeling in north Bengal when she stopped near a roadside stall and served ‘golgappas’ to children.
While returning from the swearing-in ceremony of the new board of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) on Tuesday, the Chief Minister suddenly stopped at a roadside snack shop run by an all-women self-help group. The main attraction of the shop were the golgappas, known as ‘phuchkas’ in Bengal.
Irrespective of the security protocol, he started making golgappas, which surprised the shopkeepers. Within minutes a crowd gathered around him, including many local children.
After this, Banerjee was seen distributing golgappas among the children. He also gave a brief lecture on how to make golgappas from mashed potatoes. She did not forget to pay the shop-owners before leaving.
Banerjee then visited a coffee house in Darjeeling, accompanied by newly-appointed GTA president Anit Thapa and Bengali film star Saheb Chattopadhyay.
On the chief minister’s request, Chattopadhyay sang a song by Rabindranath Tagore, in which Banerjee was seen humping a few lines with him.
The last time she visited the hills of North Bengal in April, Banerjee had stopped by a roadside Momo stall and prepared Tibetan cuisine with the help of a shopkeeper.