The Chief Minister will take part in two rallies in South Kolkata on Saturday and Sunday.
A rally will be taken out from Mominpur to Kidderpore in support of party’s candidate, state Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim at 4 pm. Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee will take part in the rally. On Sunday, she will take part in another rally which will start from Joka and end in Behala tram depot in support of party’s two heavyweights, Partha Chatterjee, State Education minister and Mayor Sovan Chatterjee. Party workers are organising people and both the rallies are likely to fetch a large number of party supporters.
Banerjee will leave for North Bengal on Monday and will return to the city on March 19. As North Bengal is considered to be the party’s weak area she wants to boost up the workers as well as the candidates. Former Indian football skipper Baichung Bhutia is contesting against Ashok Bhattacharya in Siliguri. Bhattacharya who was the Urban Development minister in the Left Front regime is now the Mayor of Siliguri Municipal Corporation. The idea of Congress- CPI(M) alliance was mooted by him and he was successful in keeping Trinamool Congress at bay.
North Bengal leaders said that Trinamool would do better in the polls, as the common people would not accept the Congress – CPI(M) alliance. “The presence of Mamata Banerjee will change the scenario and the problems which exist in some pockets will be over,” Trinamool Congress leaders said. Mamata Banerjee said the party would observe protest rally in every block against the mass killings in Nandigram on March 14. She will take part in a rally in North Bengal, she said.