Kolkata: On the centenary celebration of Binapani Devi Thakur known as ‘Boroma’, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will attend a programme arranged by Matua.
Security has been tightened as huge are expected and Mamata Banerjee’s presence in the programme. Huge amount of police have been pressed into service. Police has covered railway station area to locality to secure security for the programme.
The Chief Minister took to Twitter on Thursday stating, “Birth centenary celebration of Boro Ma Binapani Debi Thakur | Watch it LIVE on my #Facebook page from 12.45 PM.”
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 15, 2018
Boroma who is the backbone o Matua community and their resistance in their existential struggle is known for her virtue in keeping people together. Nobody saw caste as a factor in the electoral politics of Bengal — till 2011. That was the year when Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress (TMC) party swept to power beating a 34-year-old Left regime. Behind this victory, called “Poribartan”, or change in Bangla, was the supposed influence of ‘Boroma’ (elder mother).
Boroma is the widow of PR Thakur, a barrister and Congress politician, who supported the partition of Bengal and was at loggerheads with Jogendra Nath Mandal, Ambedkarite and ally of the Muslim League. The only thing that links these people together is caste: Thakur, Mandal and Boroma are Namoshudras, Dalits in Bengal.