Kolkatans join CM's rally in large numbers
Kolkata: Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee took out a mammoth rally on the streets of Kolkata on Wednesday, protesting against the brazen assault on the sentiments of the people in Bengal by BJP, through the demolition of Vidyasagar's statue on Tuesday.
The people of Bengal have been reeling under the aftermath of the attack. Trinamool Congress organised a rally to articulate their voice against the incident.
The rally started from Gandhi Bhawan in Beliaghata and
Banerjee spearheaded the movement. As it advanced and went past important places in the city, a large number of people started joining the rally.
Almost all the prominent Trinamool Congress leaders from
the state were found participating in the rally, alongside the Chief Minister.
After kicking off from Gandhi Bhawan, the rally took Rajendra Lal Mitra Sarani before hitting CIT road. A large number of people congregated on both sides of the road to catch a glimpse of Banerjee.
All the Trinamool Congress leaders including the Chief Minister were in a somber mood, with the effects of the attack still fresh across the city. The rally went past Kankurgachi Crossing and headed towards Maniktala Main Road.
The rally then took Vivekananda Road, where Banerjee garlanded the statue of Swami Vivekananda at his residence. The rally then passed through Bidhan Sarani and finally stopped at Netaji's Statue in Shyambazar five point crossing.
Later in the day during a press conference, Banerjee urged all people of the state to take out candle light marches in solidarity with the movement.
Trinamool Congress leaders have also been urged to organise the movement in all the blocks. It may be mentioned here that party leaders from various districts have already staged protest demonstrations against the incident.
Many intellectuals from the state have also condemned the incident in which the statue was demolished allegedly by the activists who took part in BJP national president Amit Shah's road show on Tuesday.