Mamata Banerjee marries 29-year-old woman in South India
Strange as it sounds, Mamata Banerjee got married to a 29-year-old man named Socialism on Sunday in a simple ceremony in Tamil Nadu state in southern India.
Well, the bride is not the Chief Minister of the East Indian state of West Bengal, 66, who wiped out the Communists in 2011, but her namesake.
The bride’s parents named her after the Bengal politician when the latter was a member of the Indian Congress Party. Mamata, the politician, left Congress in 1998 to form her own party, the Trinamool Congress.
On the other hand, the father of the groom, a leader of the local Communist Party, named his son Socialism because he was born when the former Soviet Union was on the verge of collapse.
“I was in Class X when I realized the meaning of my name after my friends started talking about it,” Mamata Banerjee, the bride, told local media.
Regarding the Chief Minister of Bengal, who recently returned to power for the third time in Bengal, the bride replied: “She is a strong woman. I am very proud to say that.”
Last month, Mamata made history by single-handedly securing an astonishing victory in the legislative elections. She not only defied the ruling opposition, but also avoided a huge challenge from the ruling BJP of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Bengal witnessed the most publicized contest in India’s recent state elections. While Mamata insisted on being the daughter of Bengal, the BJP called on people to vote for “socio-economic change and development” after 50 years of Communist rule and the Trinamool Congress.