Politics is, without a doubt, a bitter-sweet experience. And parties have long exploited the mango season to try to sweeten their ties.
Bengal saw a fierce confrontation between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Even after Mamata was sworn in as Chief Minister, the squabbles between the state and the federal government continued.
But when mango season arrived, she was quick to extend her seasonal greetings to New Delhi.
Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar paid a “courtesy call” to President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday afternoon before meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the evening.
Last Monday, Mamata sent Modi Bengal’s best mango types, Himsagar, Malda, and Lakshmanbhog. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and Home Minister Amit Shah also received the gift. She also sent mangoes to Sonia Gandhi, the Congress leader, and Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi chief minister.