Several thousand people walked with chief minister Mamata Banerjee in her protest rally from Bhiringhee more to Prantika in Durgapur against CAA and NRC here this afternoon. The Chief Minister arrived in a helicopter today from Bankura and directly went to Bhiringi More by road to attend the rally.
Senior TMC leader and minister Moloy Ghatak, MLA of Durgapur Biswanath Pariwal, Durgapur and Asansol mayors, Dilip Agasthy and Jitendra Tewari, Col Diptanshu Choudhury also took part in the rally along with her. She led the silent protest walk of four and half kilometres which lasted a little over an hour. Though there were heavy police barricades on both sides of the route of her rally, still thousands of people waited to shake hands with her and see her.
Thousands of TMC supporters came in buses and trucks to attend the rally. There were no placards and the Trinamul supremo walked with a kasor ghonta in her hands. The BJP’s Durgapur unit criticised her for taking out the rally and said that without seeking permission from the National Highways Authority, traffic has been checked at NH2 for a Trinamul Congress programme. Even the service road of NHAI in Bhiringhee was blocked and podiums erected by TMC.
Amitabha Banerjee, BJP leader of Durgapur said that they will lodge a written complaint with NHAI. The chief minister will stay in a hotel in City Centre tonight. Tomorrow she will take part in the administrative meeting of Burdwan West District at around 1 PM in Srijoni auditorium and after that she will go back to Kolkata. Her Durgapur programme has changed for the third time. Earlier she was scheduled to visit on 13 February to attend the administrative meeting.
The venue of her night stay has also changed. This was her first visit to Durgapur after the heavy defeat of her party in last year’s Lok Sabha polls in the district. The TMC has lost in all the nine assembly segments of newly constituted Burdwan West District. But she was happy to see the large crowd in her favourite city of Durgapur.