Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Saturday urged people to work together after participating in a procession from Mominpore to Kidderpore on Saturday evening. The rally was flooded with people as thousands marched when it proceeded towards its destination.
The 3 km procession started at Mominpore Crossing on Diamond Harbour Road and ended at Kidderpore Crossing after passing through roads including Ekbalpore Road, Dent Mission Road, Dr Sudhir Bose Road and Karl Marx Sarani.
Banerjee said: “The model code of conduct is place and we are having permission to organise a procession here and not to hold a meeting. I would just like to urge everyone to work together. At the same time I would like to apologise if the rally has caused inconvenience to anyone.”
Supporters of the party started gathering at Mominpore since 2.30 pm. The supporters and hundreds of common people started marching soon after Banerjee reached the spot. The rally began at around 4.15 pm.
People were found congratulating Banerjee when the rally passed through the area which falls under Kolkata Port Assembly constituency and a small part of Bhowanipore Assembly constituency from where Banerjee is contesting.
Firhad Hakim, the Trinamul Congress candidate from Kolkata Port Assembly constituency and the State Urban Development minister, was found walking just beside the party supremo and the supporters were shouting slogans in support of the party’s candidate.
Other senior leaders including Mayor and the candidate from Behala Purba Assembly constituency Sovan Chatterjee and Javed Khan who is contesting from Kasba also took part in the rally.
People were found peeping out of windows and verandas of the building along the thoroughfares through which the rally passed. In some places people were found throwing flowers when Banerjee was passing through the area. People who were standing on the road when the rally passed congratulated the party supremo.
Besides the slogan “Thanda Thanda Cool Cool, Abar Asbe Truinamul”, the party workers were also shouting different slogans to make people aware that Banerjee is the only person who fights for an overall development of the state.
This is the first rally in the city to campaign for the forthcoming Assembly election after releasing the party’s election manifesto in which Banerjee has taken part. On March 8 she had led a procession organised by the women wing of the party to celebrate the International Women’s Day.
Banerjee will be holding around 150 rallies to campaign for the party candidates across the state. On Sunday she will march from Thakurpukur Joka to Behala 14 number Bus Stand.
Police had a tough time in managing the thousands of people marching in the rally with Banerjee walking in the front. Commuters had not faced much trouble as the police had diverted the vehicles through alternate routes.