75-year-old Sambobrata Bandopadhyay, attending the rallies of
important political leaders in Kolkata is a great pastime.
"I attend all political rallies. I don't have any political
affiliation. I go there to enjoy. I get a kick watching the
leaders of our nation abuse each other," said the Life Insurance
Corp of India agent.
Bandopadhyay, a resident of Mandirtala in Howrah, claims he has
not missed a single political meeting of important leaders over
the years. And he always carries binoculars to get a close view of
"I have heard leaders of all parties - be it Rajnath Singh or L.K.
Advani or Mamata Banerjee," he said.
Sure enough, as Congress supporters gathered in strength for Rahul
Gandhi's rally here Monday, he too joined them at the Shahid Minar
He got through the security cordon and took his seat at the media
Bandopadhyay listened to Rahul Gandhi's speech in rapt attention
but was a trifle disappointed that the young leader did not hurl
"He is young and good looking. I had heard a lot about him. I
think he is not as great a crowd-puller as his father Rajiv
"But I liked Rahul. If he wants he can do a lot of good work," he
Bandopadhyay, of course, also utilized the rally to make new
friends to further his insurance business.
"In this profession, one has to reach out to people. A rally
affords me that opportunity also," he said.