Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has cancelled her tour to West Midnapore district which was scheduled for Thursday.
The CM, reportedly, wants to stay by the side of her injured nephew, MP Abhishek Banerjee, who is recovering from an accident that happened on October 18.
Abhishek had received serious injury on the left eye for which he had to undergo a three-hour long operation along with plastic surgery that was performed by a team of 19 doctors on Tuesday.
The doctors have advised close monitoring and critical care for the next 72 hours. The authorities at Belle Vue nursing home, where the MP is admitted, have restricted entry of visitors for Abhishek.
For the last six days the nursing home had turned into a veritable Trinamool Congress party office with who’s who of the party trooping in to enquire about his health and at the same time record their presence in a register book.
Abhisekh, dubbed as the prince (yuvaraj) of the party, is not only Mamata’s blue-eyed boy but is also seen as the successor of the chief minister.
There is always a tendency among the Trinamool Congress leaders to get close to Abhishek and to be in his good book as their political fortune depends a lot on that.
A log book is being maintained to keep a record of the visitors and everyday Trinamool Congress leaders of all rank are dropping in to put in their signature in the visitors’ book.
A huge pandal has been erected on the pavement opposite Belle Vue to function as a camp office for the party supporters, who are being brought in by the youth wing of Trinamool Congress to show Abhishek’s popularity.
Mamata is visiting her nephew in between her work schedule. Last week she was in the nursing home for the whole night when Abhishek’s pulse beat showed abnormality.
Given the situation, Mamata has considered it prudent to postpone her district tour and stay with her nephew.
The district tour was meant to flag off welfare schemes in the backward areas of West Midnapore.