Claiming to save time in the poll season, Trinamool MP and nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee - Abhishek Banerjee, on Saturday, has taken to the streets of Kolkata to campaign for Trinamool, without being present himself.
In a bizarre campaign strategy, Republic TV has accessed a video which shows a garlanded statue of Abhishek Banerjee doing rounds of the constituency in an open jeep. In the jeep, Trinamool supporters are seen accompanying the statue, shouting slogans and waving the party flag. As the jeep proceeds through the roads, the supporters are seen throwing flowers in its path.
While both Mamata Banerjee and Abhishek Banerjee have taken part in huge rallies, which have attracted large crowds in throughout the state, this has been a first when a statue of either leader has been used as a proxy for themselves.
When asked about the statue campaign, Trinamool officials claimed lack of time to be the reason for the strategy.
Trinamool sources have claimed that the schedules of Trinamool Chief Mamata Banerjee and Abhishek Banerjee are so tight that they don't have time to campaign themselves in every nook and cranny of the city as well as the state. So they have created these statues to used instead of themselves in certain areas.
This video was also shared by BJP MP Swapan Dasgupta, who had tweeted saying: "Hail this fake god."
Abhishek Banerjee is currently fighting for re-election from the Diamond Harbour constituency in Kolkata. In the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, Banerjee had defeated Dr Abul Hasnat of CPI (M) by receiving 40.30% of the votes. West Bengal will vote in the remaining four phases of the Lok Sabha polls. The Indian general election is currently being held in seven phases from 11 April to 19 May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha. The counting of votes will be conducted on 23 May, and on the same day the results will be declared.