Kolkata: For the whole world Mamata Banerjee is known to be the Chief Minister or the chief of Trinamool Congress, but for her mother Gayatri Devi, who passed away on Saturday, she was still a small kid.

Mamata, who has been very close to Gayatri Devi, was the most lovable daughter for her mother in the entire family. As Railway Minister, whenever Mamata presented the Rail Budget, her mother never missed the opportunity to watch her addressing the Parliament. The light on her face expressed her pride of being mother of Mamata Banerjee. 

Gayatri Devi was aware of Mamata’s political activities; and has always been a source of inspiration for her political career.

When Trinamool Congress performed badly in 2006 Assembly elections, Gayatri Devi had advised her not to lose patience. With mother’s blessings, Mamata’s remained focused and her party performed well in 2009 Lok Sabha elections and registered a landslide victory in 2012 Assembly polls.

According to family sources, whenever Mamata is out of station, she would always speak to her mother atleast once in a day. 

Due to some family dispute, once Mamata left her house and went to Trinamool Bhawan, at that time Gayatri Devi supported her decision and accompanied her.

The Chief Minister while addressing a by-election rally for South Kolkata Lok Sabha seat at Picnic Garden once said, “My mother is everything for me and there is no one except her in my life.”

Mamata lost her father Promileswar Banerjee at the tender age of 12. Her elder brother Ajit took the responsibility of family.

Mamata used to get ten rupees daily as pocket money and whenever she visited Delhi Gayatri Devi gave her Rs 100. Mamata spent her savings in organising Kali Puja every year.

Mamata has been organising Kali Puja at her residence since 1978. At that time she was a student leader.

When the TMC chief extended support to the NDA government, the then Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, paid a visit to her Kalighat residence to seek blessings from Gayatri Devi.

(JPN/Bureau)