Bolpur, Oct. 18: At least 150 people in Pranab Mukherjee’s extended family in Mirati will get identity cards this Puja —a security rule when the President comes visiting.
The family priest of 22 years is also no exception.
“Pranab Mukherjee’s relatives will have to wear the card on the four days he will be at his ancestral home from Saturday,” a police officer in Birbhum said.
However, for the family’s “guardian” — Mukherjee’s elder sister Annapurna Banerjee — will be spared the card rule.
“Ami to barir katri tai amar kono card lagbena. Kintu onnoder to lagchhe. Nirapottar jonno aar ki ki je hobey, aami bujhte parchhina (I will not have to wear the card as I am the guardian of the family, but others have to. I can’t understand what all we have to do for security reasons),” she said.
The restriction is in addition to the protocol that will not allow anybody to touch the President’s feet when he visits his family home in Mirati.
The police have already collected photographs and other details of about 150 persons for the identity cards.
“Er aagey uni (Pranab Mukherjee) onek daftarer mantri chhilen. Kintu card kokhono jholate hoyni. Tobey, bhalo lagchhey je ebar rashtrapatir sange pujo korbo (He had been a minister in several departments but never have we had to wear a card. However, I am happy I will offer puja with the President this time),” said Bipadtaran Banerjee, the Mukherjee family priest.
The Birbhum administration has decided to upload photos and video clips of the Mukherjee family puja on its website www.birbhum.nic.in.