Kolkata: With just 24 hours left for the Martyrs’ Day of TMC, popularly known as the July 21 ‘Shahid Divas’, people from the outskirts and other suburban areas have started to come into the city. The City is also gearing up to face a tremendous traffic chaos and political celebration of Martyrdom in the form of rallies. However, Mukul Roy, always the go-to man for the July 21 Martyrs’ Day rally, will not be present for the first time since TMC came to power. Roy’s significance is being taken over by Mamata’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee, according to the party sources. Some even feel that Abhishek might be given a significant role in the party on the dais of 21 July.
But in the recent past, Abhishek’s stirring remark about Kishenji’s death during Mamata’s tenure and the reaction of the statement made by Mukul by terming Abhishek as ‘Bachcha Chhele’ has relaid the political equation in the state and within the TMC. Hence, it is evident that distance has grown between Mukul and Abhishek who represents a major sect of TMC at the moment.
The change is visible everywhere. From a YouTube clip to party national secretary’s “Khuti Pujo” to the massive stage that will have no separate enclosure for the “shahid pariwar” (martyrs’ kin), everything aims to break a status quo. “This is going to be the last July 21 rally before the 2016 assembly polls. In fact, all MPs are skipping the opening Parliament monsoon session to be present there. Everyone’s keen to know the party supremo’s direction to the leaders and supporters. It’s going to set the stage for the assembly polls,” said a senior Lok Sabha MP. Therefore, LED screens are not only coming up at Jyoti cinema hall and Y-channel atop mobile vans, they can also be seen near the Grand Hotel, Chandni Chowk Metro station, Dorina Crossing and Park Street.According to rumours, some of the eminent political faces of the state might also join the TMC on the dais of July 21.