Congress legislative party leader in Tripura Assembly, Gopal Chandra Roy, feels that Mamata Banerjee should have got married to understand the plight of families in her state. In fact, he feels that only a married politician is fit enough to understand the woes of their states or regions.
"How can a politician understand the trouble of the sons and daughters of a person who is fighting hard to earn money? If he or she could not become father or mother, how could one understand the pathetic situation the fathers and mothers are in? For this a politician would have to get married," Roy told THE WEEK.
"Look at Mamata Banerjee. She is not married and which is why she could not understand the condition of Bengali families who are living in dire straits because of lack of development and unemployment," Roy went on to say.
Roy made these comments as a response to Mamata Banerjee's big entry into Tripura politics where she vowed that she would uproot the mountainous Left front government which has been governing the state for more than 24 years. "We all want the Left front to go. But we don’t want that to be replaced with a government led by Mamata Banerjee," the former state Congress president said.
When asked about the bachelorhood of Rahul Gandhi, he said with a smile, "How can you compare Rahul with Mamata? He is much younger than Mamata and still has time to get married".
Trinamool Congress legislature and leader of the opposition in Tripura Assembly Sudip Roy Barman said about Roy's comment, "It’s just out of bad taste."
Mamata was the minister of state for youths affairs, women and child development in P.V. Narsimha Rao’s government for a brief period as she resigned protesting an understanding with the Left parties in Parliament. Mamata is not the only unmarried politician, who is chief minister of a state. Odisha’s Chief Minister Navin Patnaik and Assam’s Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal are also unmarried. As with Mamata, both Navin and Sonowal also received huge mandate in their respective state elections.