Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is all set to exhibit her paintings for incurring the expenses of state panchayat elections. The exhibition will be organised from January 02 to 17 in Town hall in Kolkata.

The amount generated through sale of paintings will be utilized for the arrangements of panchayat elections.

Around Rs 3 crore was generated by a similar exhibition organised by Mamata during West Bengal assembly elections.  

On that moment, senior CPI (M) leader Gautam Dev questioned the sale and purchase of Mamata’s paintings. Dev said that Mamata is not a great painter and she doesn’t have enough time to do painting on large scale.

The CPI (M) leader challenged Mamata to reveal the names of buyers and accused her of generating money for party fund through wrong means.

Unperturbed by the CPM’s allegations, the Chief Minister is going to exhibit around 500 paintings to raise funds.

Secretary of State Election Commission, Tapas Rai said that like other elections, a minimum amount of expenses will be decided for the panchayat elections as well. The election commission is yet to announce the poll dates.

A panchayat has 10-30 wards. Tapas Rai said that a candidate has to expend approximately Rs 40, 000-50, 000 to contest panchayat poll. But this is not an exact figure, he added.


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