Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday leads Padyatra from Shraddhananda Park to Esplanade on the occasion of International women’s day and begins Lok Sabha elections prepartions. Crowds shout “Modi Sarkar Hoshiyar, Bharat ki Janata Hain Taiyar” as Mamata walks from Shraddhananda Park to Esplanade.
We will protect the peace, harmony and culture of the country: Mamata said in the rally. Incidentally, the TMC chief had also commenced her party’s election campaign for the 2014 parliamentary and 2016 Assembly elections on the same date.
“Although election dates are yet to be announced, but our campaign for the Lok Sabha elections will begin on March 8. During the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and 2016 Assembly polls also, Mamata di had started her poll campaign on Women’s Day,” a senior leader of the TMC’s women’s wing said.
The purpose of this rally is to create a “new India, united India and strong India”, the posters of the rally read. “She (Banerjee) will give her message for the Lok Sabha polls. And after the dates are announced, a full-fledged campaign will begin,” the TMC leader said.
Banerjee, who has been the prime mover of an anti- Bharatiya Janata Party front, had organised a mega Opposition rally here on January 19, during which she had given a call to oust the Modi government.
The TMC, which is vying to play a major role in the formation of the next government at the Centre, has vowed to win all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. The party had won 34 seats in the 2014 general election.