The overwhelming response showed by the people of Bhawanipore Assembly constituency once again proved that Mamata magic is still highly effective despite canards spread by the Opposition and a section of the media.
The sitting MLA Mamata Banerjee has been pitted against Deepa Dasmunsi of the Congress and Chandra Bose of the BJP.
Sunday’s rally was a befitting reply to the Opposition and some vernacular dailies who have said that Dasmunsi has an edge over Banerjee in the constituency and Banerjee’s popularity is declining.
After releasing the TMC list of candidates, Banerjee told the press that it would be difficult for her to concentrate on her own constituency as she would have to visit each and every Assembly seat and had given the responsibility to some senior leaders of the party. Four south Kolkata seats Bhowanipore, Ballygunge, Rashbehari and Kolkata Port will have election on April 30.
During the road show, Banerjee alleged that the Opposition was conspiring to malign the TMC. But their efforts would be fruitless. She urged people to vote for the TMC to continue development in West Bengal. She urged people not to get swayed by the systematic canard spread by the Opposition. “They have no business except doing character assassination and spreading canard,” she said.
What was important in Sunday’s road show was the overwhelming presence of people. There were aged people and political workers. The presence of people belonging to different communities was also noticeable. Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, party’s nominee from Rashbehari, was by her side.
The rally marched through Suhashini Ganguly Sarani, Turf Road, Madan Pal Road and Harish Mukherjee Road. Thousands of people stood on either side of the road and waved at her. People stood on the balcony just to have a glance of Banerjee. “I am a resident of Harish Mukherjee Road for the past eight years. But never in my life I have seen a Chief Minister walking on the street,” said Arun Chatterjee, an octogenarian resident of Bhowanipore.
The rally ended at Gopalnagar intersection close to Banerjee’s residence in Kalighat. The police had a trying time in managing people whose number increased as the rally proceeded.