TMC’s Ratna Chatterjee on ‘gunda culture’, tabloid journalism, and women in politics | NL Interview

#BehalaEast goes to the polls on Saturday. In this urban constituency in Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district, the voters complain mostly of bad roads and lack of business opportunities. All three major parties have fielded women candidates — the BJP has gone with Paayel Sarkar, the #TrinamoolCongress #RatnaChatterjee, and the #CPIM Samita Har Chowdhury.

Behala East has been a Trinamool stronghold since 2011 when Ratna’s now-estranged husband, #SovonChatterjee, won it. He retained the seat in 2016 but, two years later, joined the #BJP on the condition that he would be fielded from Behala East and his partner would be given a ticket as well.

The BJP did not come through on his conditions and Suvon now finds himself partyless — he quit in March 2021 in anger.

In a show of support, Trinamool chief #MamataBanerjee put up Ratna from Behala East, presumably to nullify the influence of the turncoat.

We caught up with Ratna to talk about the intense scrutiny her relationship with her estranged spouse has drawn in the media, her party’s “gunda culture”, women in #politics, and more.

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19 comments

  1. jhoot jhoot jhoot bas jhoot…dono parties ke candidate ka competition bas jhoot bolne ka hai..jo jyada bol ke janta ka ullu kaat paaye..

  2. Before 2011 , ssc was held every. Year .
    Psc je held every year .
    Psc Ae held every 2 years .
    What is the point getting gold medal in graduation and masters??

  3. Dancing aunty , ki pet me pas ho gaya Sayed…
    Aunty ji math bengali 😂😂..12 tak padate ha… physics kyun nahi instead of Bengali (arts subject )

  4. TMC haregi isbar, lekin bengal k logo BJP ko b mat laon instead Communist party ko aur ek baar chance do.

  5. Mamta Kolkata may ho yaa Behala may, wo BJP ke darr se behal ho gayi hai!

  6. 9:37 she’s kinda right here I guess, if we see according to your (NL) ground reports there were no such violence in any area, then how can the rumours are coming there’s political violence 🤷🏻‍♂️

  7. Accha mere aankh ke samne nhi hua toh kaise galti iss hisab se toh tere aankh ke samne godse ne bhi Ghandhi ko nhi mara phirr bhi tum log uss bhuddhe ke liye bakbak karte ho vote ke liye

  8. Good interview. Although I have to wonder why Manisha feels the need to interview people in Hindi when she really is known for newsance which she conducts mostly in English.I think Nidhi Suresh is currently doing the best job of on the ground reporting.

  9. Welcome to Behala!!! Happy to have you here Newslaundry team! Cheers!!