With just 20 days left in polling for the Bardhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha seat, there is still a sense of confusion among the voters about the true spelling and pronunciation of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate for the seat. Will it be Mumtaz Sanghamita Chowdhury or Mumtaz Sanghamitra Chowdhury is the question many voters of the constituency are asking.
Even if one looks at the numerous wall graffiti, banners and posters in support of the TMC candidate for the Bardhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha seat, you will find at least three kinds of spelling being used by the TMC supporters while writing the name of its party candidate for the seat.
Dr. Chowdhury, who retired as the Head of the Department of Gynecology at the Kolkata Medical College has time and again during meetings with TMC workers pointed out, that her name must be written and pronounced as Mumtaz Sanghamita Chowdhury and not Mumtaz Sanghamitra Chowdhury. But still there is a clout over the spelling and pronunciation of her name among TMC workers as well as the common people of Durgapur.
Even Mamata Banerjee, the TMC supremo, during a public meeting near Durgapur on yesterday addressed Dr. Chowdhury, publicly as Mumtaz Sanghamitra Chowdhury. At a public rally at Satgachia Bazaar Primary School ground, Mamata Banerjee introduced the TMC candidate for Bardhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha seat by the name of Mumtaz Sanghamitra Chowdhury.
Such a slipup surprised Dr. Chowdhury and left her perturbed. But she could not garner courage to interfere in Mamata’s speech and make a correction.
Landing in Bardhaman for the first time after being named the TMC candidate for the Bardhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha seat, Dr. Chowdhury made it a point to mention that her name must be spelt and pronounced as Mumtaz Sanghamita and not Mumtaz Sanghamitra.
Noore Alam Chowdhury, former justice of Kolkata High Court and a state minister of the TMC government indicated that Sanghamita was the daughter of Emperor Ashoka and his father-in-law being an ardent follower of history named his daughter taking queue from history.
When asked about the slipup by the TMC supremo in a public rally, Dr. Chowdhury was seemingly worried and felt uneasy. However this recent mistake by none other than Mamata Banerjee is bound to add more confusion over the name of the TMC candidate for the Bardhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha seat.