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Foam artist Rakhal Das hopes to present his works to CM on Martyrs’ Day

But his dream of presenting a replica of her party symbol to the Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee remains unrealised. Das, a middle aged artist from Subhasgram in South 24-Parganas has toiled hard and spent sleepless nights in last few days for making various models with the TMC party symbol which he believes can fetch him good money on this occasion. 

The only bread earner of the family has come all the way to the city from his village two days ago and put up a stall on the roadside where hundreds of customers on Wednesday gathered to buy various items.

Das has been making various models for last 20 years but he always dreamt of presenting 
one of his models to the Chief Minister. After hearing that the Chief Minister would attend the Martyr’s Day rally on July 21 he came down to the city to try his luck if he could attract her attention.

“I earn my livelihood by making various models. I came here with thinking I might get an opportunity to showcase my art to her. “She will attend a huge rally here tomorrow (Thursday) but I don’t know whether I will be allowed to put up a stall in the nearby area as this place will be flooded with the people. “I had a dream to hand over one of my models decorated with the TMC party symbol to our Chief Minister,” Das said. He also added that he makes models of great men and also of birds. 
He also decorates various ceremonial houses with foams.

But the idea of making models with party symbols is comparatively new and it hit his mind in the last year.  Rakhal Das sells his handicrafts on the roadside in various parts of South 24-Parganas and also in the city.

A large number of people and Trinamool Congress supporters bought various items including head bands decorated with the Trinamool party symbol, big and small size hats showcasing the symbol, crowns decorated with the symbol, spectacles in the shape of grassroots and batches.

Mohammed Riaz, a Trinamool Congress supporter from the Park Circus has bought 10 hats decorated with the party symbol one of which he will wear on Thursday while distributing the others among his friends.

Many party workers and supporters were seen queuing up to buy various items. Subir Ghosh, another Trinamool Congress worker who has come to the city on Wednesday morning from Mongolbari in Malda came to Esplanade and bought some decorated pieces of grass roots fixed on a stand.He would put them in his showcase after reaching home.

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