Ahead of polls, crash course in rajneeti for Bengal’s celeb-turned politicians

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Trinamool Congress is the first of the block with the leader of Rajya Sabha Derek Crane suggests several celebrities and stars that recently joined the party.

Bengali actor Sayantika Banerjee joins Trinamool Congress in presence of party leader Partha Chatterjee ahead of the West Bengal Assembly election, in Kolkata on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)
Bengali actor Sayantika Banerjee joins Trinamool Congress in presence of party leader Partha Chatterjee ahead of the West Bengal Assembly election, in Kolkata on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

With the crucial election of just three weeks,

celebrities and Bengal actors who have joined the powerful Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata party in tens for the past few months, are now under an accident course and are being guided by party veterans to make them politically correctly.

While the Trinamool Congress has held a class for several celebrities, most actors and directors, who join the party in the past few weeks, BJP also plans to hold a similar session soon, said a senior leader.

“On Wednesday the TMC leader at Rajya Sabha,

Derek O Brien conducted a class of several celebrities and stars who recently joined the party. Such orientation and mentoring is needed because the transition from social celebrities to political celebrities needs to be smooth and in accordance with the line Party, “said a TMC leader.

This is becoming increasingly important because TMC is likely to involve many of these new faces as their candidates.

A senior party leader said that while several old timers were not given tickets this time because of the age and poor public image, at least 40 new faces including Tollywood actors, directors, former bureaucrats and IPS officers may be fighting for polls on TMC tickets.

“The celebrities who have joined the BJP will soon be through the mentoring class and orientation, which will be handled by several senior party leaders. It’s like Crash Course on Rajnieti,” said a senior leader BJP West Bengal.

In an accident course, newcomers without a political background are made aware of ‘general viruses’ which are being quoted and misinterpreted and how to avoid it, how to avoid questions about controversial and unknown topics. What should their body language should be, how to strengthen the image of the party and how to stick to the party line with any topic.

“Some young celebrities often tend to use English words that might not be understood by rural masses. They always need to deal with parties and know what to say on a topic and what the party line is. They need to practice speaking in public. All This is told in class, “said BJP leader.

The selection of assembly in Bengal will be held in eight phases starting from March 27.

While TMC Supremo Mamata Banerjee is likely to announce a list of candidates for all 294 seats on Friday, BJP is also expected to announce the names of at least 60 candidates who will fight in the first two phases of the poll on March 27 on March 27 and 1 April.

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