Mamata Banerjee is taking her battle to Narendra Modi’s home turf. She will hold a “mega rally” in Ahmedabad, tentatively scheduled March 20, and field 16 candidates in Gujarat. With her at the rally will be Anna Hazare, whose support she has won. And to add some punch to Anna’s public appearances across North India, especially in places where she may not travel herself, Mamata has deputed Mithun Chakraborty to accompany him.
Every Mamata rally will be followed up with a Anna-Mithun rally at constituencies where the party fancies its chances of either winning or garnering a larger chunk of votes.
The Anna-Mamata drive is being organised with a tie-up with the Samata Party. The Samata Party’s Praveen Singh Jadeja will meet Mamata in Delhi next week ahead of her rally on Ramlila Maidan and discuss the specifics.
Mithun, who has been close not only to Mamata but also to Pranab Mukherjee and some Left leaders, was roped into the Trinamool Congress earlier this year with a Rajya Sabha ticket from West Bengal. He is yet to take oath. He will lend his star power to the rallies with Anna much before that, starting next week at Delhi’s Kanjhawala.
The party has composed three songs, in Hindi, in Bhojpuri, and a qawwali, on “The power of Mamata” (Mamata ka dum) to be aired at these rallies. So far over 200 people have applied for tickets to Delhi’s seven seats, the party says.