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- Satabdi in black attire to ‘protest’ Trinamul workers’ black flags

Suri, Sept. 14: Satabdi Roy today attended a string of programmes in her constituency in Birbhum in a black sari and full-sleeve blouse apparently to send out a message to a group of party workers who flashed black flags at her on Wednesday.

The actress-turned-Trinamul Congress MP was returning to Suri from a programme in nearby Rajnagar when the party supporters waved the flags at her. Satabdi said they told her that district Trinamul chief Anubrata Mondal had asked them to do so.

A district Trinamul leader close to Satabdi said: “When we asked Didi (Satabdi) about her dress today, she smiled and replied: ‘They waved black flags at me on Wednesday. Today, I dressed in black as a mark of protest.’”

The MP attended programmes in three schools and a local hospital in Rajnagar today.

Several Trinamul leaders in Birbhum said they had never seen Satabdi in black attire during her earlier trips to her constituency.

“She usually wears red, yellow or green saris. This is the first time we saw her in black,” a Trinamul leader said.

Asked about her choice of colour today, Satabdi said: “I don’t have time to waste on those who waved black flags at me or the person who instructed them to do so. It may be a coincidence.”

The MP added: “My favourite colours are red, purple and white. But I wear saris of various colours. As red is my favourite colour, I had asked Didi (Mamata Banerjee) whether I could wear red saris during my election campaign. Didi had told me ‘for you, every colour is allowed’.”

If it was black today, it was green in Nadia yesterday. The authorities of Kalyani University were compelled to roll out a green carpet for governor M.K. Narayanan at the convocation following the Trinamul Chhatra Parishad’s objection to a red carpet that had initially been laid out. The TMCP members said the red carpet reminded them of the CPM’s “misdeeds”.

Today, Birbhum Trinamul chief Mondal denied the allegation that he had asked his supporters to wave black flags at Satabdi. “Had I instructed them to do so, would they have spilt my name to Satabdi Roy? Her allegation is false,” he said.

Trinamul sources in the district said Satabdi and Mondal did not see eye to eye. “Mondal did not like it that Satabdi did not approach him before the 2009 Lok Sabha polls but took the help of Rampurhat MLA Ashish Banerjee and Suri MLA Swapan Kanti Ghosh,” a Birbhum Trinamul leader said.

The sources said the “feud” between Satabdi and Mondal had spilled out into the open earlier too. On July 16, Satabdi and Ghosh were not invited to the inauguration of a party office in the area at the behest of Mondal, the sources said.