People make a beeline outside the mobile toilet donated by Satabdi Roy. Picture Snehamoy Chakraborty
Rampurhat, April 16: BJP leaders couldn’t stop criticising her. BJP supporters couldn’t stop thanking her, at least for today.
A mobile toilet donated by Birbhum MP and Trinamul candidate Satabdi Roy today earned her praise and even “blessings” from her rivals at a BJP campaign meeting addressed by the party’s national president Rajnath Singh.
As the wait for Singh’s chopper to land at the meeting venue in Rampurhat grew longer, so did the queue outside the blue mobile toilet that had the name of the local MP written on it in white.
“I thank Satabdi Roy for donating the mobile toilet to the municipality and the BJP for hiring it. It was a huge relief to many, especially women. To be honest, I desperately needed to use the bathroom when somebody told me about the toilet. I know Satabdi Roy is from the rival party, but she has done this for the people of her constituency. I want BJP to win but my blessings are with her for today,” said Sarbani Tudu, a BJP supporter from Masra village near Rampurhat.
At the rally attended by over 8,000 people, Singh, who arrived two hours late, today criticised Mamata Banerjee for the “lack of development” in Bengal. He and Birbhum BJP candidate Joy Banerjee also accused Roy of not taking up “enough projects” in her constituency Birbhum.
For the BJP supporters, at least today, the “development projects” took a backseat.
“All praise for Satabdi Roy. So what if she is from the rival party. Her move to donate the toilet is appreciable. Usually during rallies, people use the corners of the ground to relieve themselves. That leaves the place stinking for days,” said Raghunath Saha, a BJP supporter who had come from Nalhati.
Roy had spent Rs 19 lakh from her local area development fund for the mobile toilet and had donated it to the Trinamul-run Rampurhat municipality about four months ago. The municipality charges Rs 1,000 a day for it.
The toilet has six urinals for men and three cubicles for women.
The Trinamul candidate’s move to donate the toilet was also appreciated by her rival BJP nominee Joy Banerjee. “If my party supporters have benefited from the mobile toilet, I must thank Satabdi Roy. I always appreciate a good work,” Joy Banerjee said this afternoon.
Roy, who has instructed Trinamul workers against using the word “Joy” in rallies, today said she always knew that the mobile toilet would benefit people.
“I knew it would be of great to use to people. That is why I donated one mobile toilet to Rampurhat municipality and another to Sriniketan-Santiniketan Development Authority. Those who were benefited today are people of my constituency, irrespective of their loyalties,” Roy said.