Congress' last victory from the city came in 1984. After that, all its attempts to wrest the seat back from the BJP failed, including the one when they tried their luck by fielding former cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi in 1991.
In the December 2018 Assembly elections, despite a neck-to-neck fight, Congress wrested power from Shivraj Singh Chouhan, winning 114 seats. However, exit polls indicate that the party won't be able to retain its ground.
When they were residents of the Indian Enclave in Bangladesh, they were never accepted as citizens by Bangladesh. It has now been three years since they got Indian citizenship and they know that it won't be easy to be accepted as Indians either.
On Thursday night, the Calcutta High Court had denied permission for the rally, saying there was not enough time for the state to make adequate security arrangements for a political rally of that scale. The high court also directed the party not to hold any such rally till January 9, 2019.