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It's a pity Mamata is cracking down on universities that would help boost her popularity

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The student wing of the Trinamool Congress in Calcutta University had planned a filmi welcome for its post-graduate freshers: a promotional event of party member of Parliament-cum-actor Dev’s puja release — Cockpit. Dev was supposed to bring his co-stars Koel Mullick and Rukmini Maitra.

Flex hoardings came up and enthusiasm knew no bounds. With a day left, the education minister sent a missive: No film song and dance on college campuses, only Rabindrasangeet and Kazi Nazrul songs and everything with a whiff of Bengali tradition and culture. The elation and energy on the university campus slumped. Even the Trinamool Congress' Chhatra Parishad chief in the university was heartbroken.

The fresher’s welcome would have increased Didi's popularity quotient, not to mention the party’s appeal to a younger audience since Dev happens to be the new-age hero for many. But, it was not to be.

Some of the colleges where the Trinamool Congress controls the union have gone berserk with college fest, drawing a lot of flak. Now getting film stars to rub........

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