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Friday , October 12 , 2012
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Life, painted in party green

Krishnagar, Oct. 11: Violence is red

Ignored is blue

Green is peace

And so Trinamul will use it without cease

The time-tested rhyme Roses are red seems to have found a life of its own in Trinamul’s Bengal, where even everyday symbols are being painted green, the ruling party’s hue.

An ambulance bought with the local area fund of Trinamul MP Mukul Roy and gifted to a Nadia panchayat today by labour minister Purnendu Bose had the word “Ambulance” written (in reverse) in green instead of the customary red used worldwide.

Tehatta block Trinamul president Sanjoy Dutta, who came up with the idea of using green, said: “I chose green because red symbolises violence and is synonymous with the CPM. Green symbolises peace.”

Last month, a similar rationale had prompted the Trinamul Chhatra Parishad unit at Kalyani University to force the authorities to roll out a green carpet for governor M.K. Narayanan at the annual convocation, replacing the regular red carpet.

“Why should we allow the university to honour the governor with a red-carpet welcome when it is a colour that is associated with the Left? The red carpet reminds us of the misdeeds of the Left,” TMCP varsity secretary Tanmoy Acharya had said.

Green’s “association” with peace is not the only reason why the colour was selected for the ambulance logo. “The MP who provided the fund is a representative of the Ma Mati Manush government. We identify the government with green as it symbolises peace and greenery,” said Prarthana Haldar, the chief of the Trinamul-run Tehatta gram panchayat, which was gifted the ambulance.

Purnendu Bose gifts the ambulance to the Tehatta panchayat on Thursday. Picture by Saurav Bhattacharyya

Asked why blue, which is sometimes used to write ‘ambulance’ and is one of the colours that has been chosen by Mamata Banerjee to beautify Calcutta, was not considered, block Trinamul president Dutta said: “We never considered blue. We never thought of it. The colour of our party flag is green. It symbolises peace. So we used it.”

He added that a board would be fitted to the ambulance with Mukul Roy’s name written on it in green ink.

Doctors in Nadia expressed surprise. “I have never seen the word ‘ambulance’ written in green. Red is used because it is easily visible and catches attention,” said Amit Haldar, the chief medical officer of health in Nadia.

The CPM termed the move “autocratic”. “I had opposed the use of green but the Trinamul members did not pay any heed,” said Kakali Bhattacharjee, a CPM panchayat member.

The CPM’s Tehatta-Duttapara branch committee secretary, Uday Bhattacharya, said: “This is another example of Trinamul’s autocratic attitude. They should have stuck to the norm that is accepted wordwide.”

Tehatta subdivisional officer Sudipto Bhattacharjee termed the use of green “unusual”. “The word should have been written in red.”