Wearing sports socks and a shawl to weather the cold accompanying her white sari with blue trim and white slippers, Banerjee interacted with female self-help group members.
When the women were explaining the art of making momo to the chief minister and offering to try it out, a visibly excited Banerjee was quick to flatten the dough and shape the momo with her own hands.
A large group of people circled Banerjee to see her at work and encouraged her to make the perfect bite-sized momo.
The Chief Minister – who was on a planned five-day visit to North Bengal – told the rally that there was no need for only women to form self-help groups and even asked men to introduce themselves and to form such units and take advantage of state government programs. .
“Self-help groups will also be formed with men to increase employment,” she added.
Banerjee, who is due to return to Kolkata on Thursday evening, has visited different hill areas including Singhmari, Chowrasta and Darjeeling Mall over the past few days and interacted with local business people, and sought their ideas to boost tourism in the region.
On Monday, she had also met with leaders of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), Bharatiya Gorkha Prajatantrik Morcha (BGPM), newly formed Hamro Party, Jan Andolan Party and Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the Richmond Hill area of Darjeeling. where she was staying at a government bungalow and had promised that the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) elections, overdue for more than five years, would be held soon.