TRINAMOOL CONGRESS chief Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday began her poll campaign with a charachteristic fast-paced walk through the heart of Kolkata, giving a clarion call to reject CPM, Congress and BJP and vote her back to power.
The walk began at Shyambazar and ended at Esplanade. Mamata, who didn’t give a speech, said: “Last time, we had begun our poll campaign on International Women’s day. This time too we started our poll campaign the same day.”
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“We seek the blessing of the people of Bengal. The people of Bengal will give a befitting reply to the CPM, Congress and BJP,” she said as slogans of “Maa Mati Manush Zindabad” and “Mamata Banerjee Zindabad” rent the air and Trinamool flags — in hundreds — fluttered under the sky.
Mamata, walking almost the 12-km stretch, was seen repeatedly interacting with locals gathered on both sides of the road as her die-hard supporters and common people tried to break the police cordon. She herself broke the security cordon on several occasions to reach out to them.
A supporter, Abdul Syed — a resident of Park Circus — said after speaking to Mamata briefly: “She is one of us. Of course, we will vote for her. The CPM wanted Muslims as voters. But she is interested in us as people. She speaks a language we can understand, not one of jargon and promises. She has delivered.”
The walk, which is not officially a part of Trinamool’s election campaign, and was meant to be taken out in support of ‘International Women’s Day’. Nevertheless, it was a massive show of strength. Trinamool also launched its theme song for the Assembly elections, written and composed by singer Anupam Roy.