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All roads lead to didi’s ‘victory rally’

Incessant rains failed to dampen the spirit of thousands who marched towards Brigade Ground to catch the glimpse of their “Didi”.

Written by Arindam Banerjee | Kolkata |
July 22, 2011 12:50:17 am

Lakhs brave rain to hear her speak

Incessant rains failed to dampen the spirit of thousands who marched towards Brigade Ground to catch the glimpse of their “Didi”. After all today’s Martyrs’ Day rally was also the celebration of the emphatic win of Trinamool Congress in the Assembly elections.

Waving thousands of tri-colour flags,Trinamool supporters and workers waited impatiently to hear Mamata Banerjee speak. The centre-stage was packed to capacity with some of the most prominent Bengali cultural luminaries being present there.

Around 12.30,amid deafening cheers from the crowd,Trinamool MLA and famed actress Debashree Roy performed with her dance troupe. It was followed by performances by MP Shatabdi Ray,singers Nachiketa and others. Cultural extravaganza has long been a hallmark of Mamata’s rallies and events.

All hell broke loose with Mamata’s arrival and the crowd turned hysteric. Police remained helpless and even Mamata’s appeals could not discipline the crowd.

“We are here to hear Didi and don’t care about anything else,” said a young man. in front of the

“We can hardly take any steps as we have been instructed to behave gently with the crowd,” said a helpless constable.

Lakhs roared as Mamata addressed them at 2.30 pm. She spoke at length,hardly taking any break and quoting Rabindranath,Nazrul and Vivekanand profusely.

“I can tolerate everything except indiscipline. It has no place in my dictionary,” Mamata was heard saying however,nobody in the rally and on the streets,today,felt bothered to follow her advice.

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