Amit Shah’s Cartoon In Trinamool’s “India’s Biggest Pappu” T-Shirt Design
Trinamool Congress has created a T-shirt for party members to wear and criticise its rival, BJP leader and Home Minister Amit Shah. Trinamool Congress is borrowing a page from the global playbook where fashion has long been utilised as a political statement. The T-shirt is available in white, black, and yellow and has a cartoon of Mr. Shah’s face with the phrase “India’s Biggest Pappu.”
Rahul Gandhi, a Congress member, was given the nickname “Pappu” by the BJP, which Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress is now using to make fun of Mr. Shah. During the first week of October, when many people travel to pandals throughout West Bengal for Durga Puja, the Trinamool Congress is ready to capitalise on this T-shirt campaign.
According to Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien, “mocking is the most potent means of communicating. It started from the comment made by our national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee and it became a trend on social media. Then it emerged on T-shirts.”
On September 2, after being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate for more than seven hours on a coal smuggling case, Abhishek Banerjee referred to Mr. Shah as “India’s largest Pappu” in a press conference.
On that same day, Mr. Banerjee’s cousins Akash Banerjee and Aditi Gayen shared images of themselves wearing T-shirts with the slogan “Pappu” and a cartoon of Mr. Shah on social media. According to Trinamool Congress sources, Mr. Banerjee is advising young party members on new designs of the clothing that is sold at local markets at a “nominal price” of INR 300 per piece.
Prior to Durga Puja, more designs will be introduced to the market, according to the MP who tweeted images and a video of himself wearing one of these white T-shirts outside of the parliament. Rahul Sinha, a BJP politician, predicted that this “personal attack” would be a dud.
“The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has no problem taking on the BJP. They are specifically aiming for folks because of this. It demonstrates that the celebration is nearing its conclusion “said Mr. Sinha.
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