West Bengal polls 2016: Docs advise ageing Mamata to walk less

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Kolkata, March 15: Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee is known for covering miles after miles almost daily without displaying an iota of fatigue.

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Banerjee, who is known for walking in a fast pace, is already making her party colleagues do a lot of hard work ahead of the Assembly elections starting April 4.

mamata banerjee in a rally

On Sunday, Banerjee walked five kilometres during a road rally this weekend, something that even her party's candidates for whom she was campaigning could not keep pace and got into vehicles to conclude the rally. Seeing Banerjee walk over long distances in a brisk pace is not new for the people of West Bengal---whether it is for political or non-political reasons.

In 2011, she walked from Raj Bhavan to the Writers' Building, the then state secretariat, after taking oath as the chief minister and though it was a short distance, the entire security apparatus found it extremely demanding to safeguard the CM who decided to walk among the sea of people.

But according to a report published in Ei Samay daily, doctors have expressed concern over Banerjee's walking, saying walking over 2-3 kilometres at an older age (Banerjee turned 61 this January) could be harmful for the knees.

They have also advised the TMC supremo to avoid walking with hawaii chappals (rubber footwear) and use sports shoes while walking.

The doctors feel walking excessivley with hawaii chappals can cause muscle pain. But having cautioned, the doctors have appreciated Banerjee's walking habit, saying this very habit has kept the CM away from various ailments, be heart-related, blood sugar or fat.

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