Kolkata: Pradesh Congress president Somen Mitra and former president of Pradesh Congress Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was present and shared the dais at the rally at Rani Rashmoni programme on Wednesday.
Congress rally organised here on Wednesday to expose alleged irregularities in the Rafale deal instead turned into a victory procession in the wake of the party’s triumph in three heartland states and an occasion to slam Mamata Banerjee.
For the first time in recent memory, the Bengal Congress managed to stage such a show-of-strength rally which brought traffic in and around Rani Rashmoni Avenue to a grinding halt on Wednesday afternoon.
The estimate of the crowd ranged from 50,000 (by Congress) to 10,000 (by police). The Congress workers gathered at Esplanade with green abir and fireworks. “I can’t remember the last time we had such a successful and spontaneous party programme,” said the Congress’s communications in-charge Amitabha Chakraborti.
The march had been scheduled as part of the Congress’s nation-wide campaign on the Rafale deal and alleged corruption and misrule of the Narendra Modi government.