CHIEF MINISTER Mamata Banerjee on Monday held a procession covering several Assembly constituencies in Kolkata, including Bhawanipore, from where she will contest the polls beginning next month.
The procession, which began at Ballygunge Phari and concluded at S P Mukherjee Road, saw Mamata campaigning for Trinamool Congress candidates Subrata Mukherjee and Sovandeb Chattopadhyay.
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The march began around 4 pm from the Hazra-Old Ballygunge Road crossing. A huge number of Trinamool supporters, who were ferried to the spot on matador vans, took part in the rally. Mamata, sporting her usual cotton sari and rubber slippers, was flanked by top Trinamool leaders like Firhad Hakim, Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, Arup Biswas, Subrata Mukherjee and Sovan Chatterjee, among others.
Mamata walked the entire stretch — more than 5 km — interacting with supporters who stood on both sides of the road.
However, the humid conditions troubled many. Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) chairperson Mala Roy, who had recently joined Trinamool, was seen leaving the procession in the middle. Subrata Mukherjee too left before the procession ended.
On a day BJP played video clips of news portal Narada News, showing two more Trinamool leaders either accepting bribes or promising favours in exchange for stakes in a fictitious company, Mamata made no mention of the controversy during the rally.
At the end of the rally, Hakim said: “This is a conspiracy of the Opposition… It would have no effect on the Assembly results and Trinamool would once again emerge victorious with a huge majority.”