In possibly the first time in an election in the state, wall graffiti has appeared in Mandarin in the country’s oldest ‘China Town’, as a section of the Chinese community in the city throws its weight behind Miss Mamata Banerjee and the Trinamool Congress. The members of the community have expressed their pleasure over the Mandarin wall graffiti. “It was never done before and is happening for the first time in the history of China Town,” said a Chinese resident of the area.

“There have been several developments in the area in terms of road repairs and street lamps. Hence we extend our support to the Trinamool Congress,” he added.

Around 10 to 12 walls in the area have been adorned with the pictorial writings in Mandarin Chinese in support of the Trinamool Congress candidate contesting from the Kolkata Dakshin Lok Sabha constituency.

“A few members of the community had approached me expressing their interest to canvass wall graffiti in support of our candidate for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. Considering their desire, we allowed them to campaign for the election in Mandarin,” said Faiz Ahmed Khan, the local councillor.

Mr Khan, in addition to the canvassing on the walls, is also considering plans to organise an interactive session with the Trinamool Congress candidate Mala Roy and representatives of the Chinese community.