Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will soon move to a new house as the old structure on Harish Chatterjee Street will be given a thorough repair.
The old bamboo structure has become old and needs immediate repair which will take more than a month. So, Banerjee will have to move to a new accommodation during that period. Earlier, the police had requested her to move to a new place after she became the Chief Minister in 2011 which she politely declined.
The state administration is looking for her house in New Alipore or any place near Nabanna. The one storey building where Mamata Banerjee stays has played a major role in Bengal’s recent political movement. Atal Bihari Vajpayee had visited the house as the Prime Minister. Banerjee along with her mother Gayatri Devi came out in the courtyard to receive the then Prime Minister.
It was in this house that Banerjee set up Trinamool Congress on January 1, 1998. The house is a witness to her ups and downs in political career. Addressing party workers on the courtyard of the historic one storey building in 2001 she declared “Ebar noe never (either this time or never)” when TMC did badly in the Assembly polls.
Severely injured, Banerjee regained her strength under the careful and affectionate nursing of her mother who stayed with her till she breathed her last a few years ago.
It was from this house that she attended her school and college and joined students’ movement from where she came up as the most popular leader in the country in recent times.
Over the years changes have taken place on the skyline of Harish Chatterjee Street. Many old buildings have been pulled down to make room for new ones. But it failed to make a dent at 30 B Harish Chatterjee.
After the house was converted into the Chief Minister’s residence, a police outpost was set up and metal detectors were installed, but the basic structure remained the same.