All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy and Bengal politician-cum-fitness-freak Mamata Banerjee believes in the same. Ahead of the 2019 elections, the Chief Minister of Kolkata was recently seen releasing stress and showing off her badminton skills in Bolpur village, while on her South Bengal tour. ‘Didi’, as she is fondly called, was on a 2-day visit to Birbhum district, to chair an administrative meet where taking out some time from her work, she was seen spending some light moments yesterday evening.
Posting the video on her social media accounts today, Mamata Banerjee captioned it as, “We love sports. A token game in a village…” (sic). The video shows her in her signature white saree, with a shawl wrapped around, indulging in a game of doubles with three other men, on Thursday night. Needless to say, the video went instantly viral with fans across the country pouring in their encouraging comments after seeing her adept with the racket.
While some called her an all-rounder, another one referred to her as “Mamata Nehwal” in jest. Known to be a fitness freak, this is not the first time when we are seeing the lady indulging in outdoor games or similar physical activities instead of only shuttling between different politicians, searching for the perfect pitch ahead of 2019 elections. She is known for walking more than 20kms per day and keeping a tight schedule apart from playing badminton.
Given that the state, West Bengal, is one of the few states where football dominates over cricket in India, added to that Didi’s sporting skills, the politician made some noise back in October 2018 for having received a gift from football superstar Lionel Messi. Messi had gifted Banerjee a Barcelona club jersey with Didi and No. 10 written on the back. He had also included a message which said, “Best wishes for my friend Didi from Lionel Messi” (sic).