Abhishek Banerjee: From an ardent aide to a firebrand leader
Much credit goes to Abhishek Banerjee, national president of Trinamool Youth Congress, for the success of the Matyrs' Day rally at Esplanade on Friday afternoon.
More importantly, this was his first major rally after he met with a life-threatening road accident on October 18 last year on Durgapur Expressway and had to be taken to Singapore where he was operated upon successfully and was advised bed rest for three months.
In the last fortnight, Abhishek held nine public meetings in South 24 Parganas, Purulia and Bankura respectively and even organised innumerable workers' meetings to build the connect with the masses and make the Martyrs' Day programme a huge success. He was the key person behind arranging the food and lodging of those who had come from other districts. They were put up at Milan Mela ground and Gitanjali Stadium in Kasba. He, along with senior party leaders including Partha Chatterjee, secretary general and Subrata Bakshi, supervised all the arrangements including construction of the makeshift podium opposite Victoria House on Chittaranjan Avenue.
Coming down heavily on the BJP, Banerjee said it had failed to guage the power of Mamata Banerjee. "She is like iron and if you hit and burn iron, it gets stronger and purer and eventually becomes indestructible," he maintained.
He urged the party workers to know the events which had helped TMC to come to power in Bengal. "Like Singur and Nandigram, July 21 which is observed as Martyrs' Day is important to the party. On this day in 1993, 13 people were gunned down by the police. All these events had strengthened the Trinamool Congress which finally defeated CPI(M) and put an end to the Left Front's 34 years of misrule."
He said the Trinamool Congress had to fight against the harmad (criminals) of CPI(M) and now, it is fighting against the unmad (lunatics) BJP. "But the BJP has failed to understand that by spreading canard against TMC it will not achieve any success in denting its popularity and topple it in Bengal," he said adding "to come to power in the state, one will have to win the hearts of people like the Trinamool Congress. And this rally has proved beyond doubt that people are with the Trinamool Congress."
Abhishek also urged the party workers to inform the masses about the various projects taken up by the state government and how they have benefitted them.
He said that unlike the BJP, the TMC did not make false promises.
The TMC has returned land to the farmers in Singur and steps have been taken to make electricity available in every household as assured by the party.
Actress Indrani Halder and singer Pranati Thakur, elocutionist Sutapa Bandyopadhyay joined the Trinamool Congress on Friday.