Mamata Banerjee paints a picture sitting on a dharna


West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who sat on a dharna in Kolkata to protest against the EC ban on her campaign, took to her favourite hobby and produced at least two paintings while sitting on her wheelchair in front of the Gandhi statue.

Mamata Banerjee arrived at the Mayo road venue around 11.40 am and began her sit-in next to a Mahatma Gandhi's statue at the venue. She left the dharna site around 3 pm on Tuesday, after three hours of the protest.


Mamata Banerjee sat on a dharna at the heart of Kolkata and during that time, she brought out her paintbrushes and colours and an empty canvass even as a crowd gathered around the barricaded area.

No TMC leaders or supporters were spotted nearby as she sat alone at the spot.

As the bystanders looked on, Mamata Banerjee went about with pouring colours on the palette, making swift brushstrokes, and soon she had produced a painting.

A senior TMC leader, when approached, said, "No party leaders are allowed near the site of the protest. She is sitting there alone."

Several TMC supporters and artists along with party workers were seen at the venue, protesting with posters and banners at a distance from Mamata Banerjee.

Mamata Banerjee staged the dharna in protest against the Election Commission's decision to bar her from campaigning for 24 hours over her remarks against central forces and a statement that had alleged religious overtones.

Mamata Banerjee, lashing out at the poll panel, had said on Twitter that she would hold a protest against the poll panel's "unconstitutional and undemocratic" decision.

The TMC boss is scheduled to address two rallies after 8 pm on Tuesday -- one at Barasat and the other at Bidhanangar.

Meanwhile, a defence official here said that the area where Banerjee is staging a protest belongs to the army, and the TMC was yet to receive permission for the programme.

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