Direct link to scholarships offered by  Govt. of India

List of Private NGOs offering scholarships

Abu Marwan Abdal Malik Ibn Zuhr: ‘Avenzoar’

Abu Marwan Abdal Malik Ibn Zuhr, known in the west as Avenzoar, was

Ummid Assistant

AMU declares entrance test dates for its UPSC coaching centre

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » Politics

Battle for Bengal: Mamata juggernaut rolls out

Thursday April 07, 2011 02:53:45 PM, IANS

Related Articles

West Bengal Elections: Six-time poll loser hopes for a lucky seven

He contested his first election in 1977 and lost. Since then the indefatigable Biplab Mitra has tried unsuccessfully five more times, earning him the nickname "haru Mitra". But the Trinamool Congress candidate is not giving up.  »

Kolkata: She waves at the crowds, shakes hands with the people and greets them either with a namaskar or an adab - depending on whether she is traversing a Hindu or a Muslim majority area. Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is drawing people by the thousands as she canvasses for her party candidates in the city for the April-May assembly polls.

With the restrictions in force on using loudspeakers in view of the ongoing higher secondary examinations, Banerjee has been holding roadshows alongside her party leaders to woo the voters.

She seldom speaks and even refuses to give soundbites to the media during the roadshows which continue for several kilometres at a stretch.

Be it Behala in the city's fast developing southern outskirts, or Shyambazar that still oozes old world charm in the north, Banerjee is being virtually mobbed by party supporters and the people everywhere.

Carrying party flags and posters and shouting "Maa Mati Manush (a catchy Trinamool slogan coined by Banerjee) Zindabad" and "Mamata Banerjee Zindabad", the workers and commoners are walking miles with the firebrand leader who is being regarded as a strong contender for the chief minister's chair after the polls.

Similar scenes of crowd adulation were seen in the Muslim majority areas when Banerjee led a gargantuan seven-km long procession from Ekbalpore More to Ramnagar.

With an eye on the Muslim vote bank, Banerjee along with city Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and other senior party leaders, covered several localities dominated by the minority community that constitutes around 26 percent of the state's electorate.

As Banerjee walked past Mominpore, Garden Reach, Khidderpore and Metiabruz, the crowd swelled.

Thousands of people stood on both sides of the roads and waved at Banerjee, who returned the gestures.

Groups of youngsters were seen riding motorbikes carrying Trinamool flags, and shouting slogans eulogising Banerjee and cursing the present Left Front government of the state.

Former Congress state executive president Pradip Bhattacharya led a large group of party supporters, who hailed Banerjee. They shouted 'Didi r sathe Congress' (Congress is with Trinamool) and carried life size cutouts of Banerjee.

At Ekbalpore, residents of several buildings showered flower petals on the 56-year-old leader, who has established herself as the main alternative to the state's ruling Left Front.

Banerjee almost walked the whole stretch of the road, seemingly enjoying every moment, as her die-hard supporters broke the police cordon and tried to interact with her.

Banerjee, not one to miss the opportunity to gel with the people, herself broke the security cordon on several occasions in her attempt to reach out to them.

As the rally reached Khidderpore, the Trinamool leader was cheered by a large number of people standing near the crossing to catch a glimpse of her. Banerjee briskly walked towards them and exchanged pleasantries.

Evening had set in and the roadshow was at its finishing point. Banerjee asked her supporters to return home safely and hopped into her car.



  Bookmark and Share                                          Home | Top of the Page


Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of

Comments powered by DISQUS




Top Stories

Hazare's fast enters day 3; Sibal holds talks to break impasse

Social reformer Anna Hazare's fast for a more stringent anti-corruption law entered the third day Thursday with a groundswell of support from all sections of society as the  »

 Lokpal Bill: Social activists vs government

Pawar quits anti-graft panel after Hazare jibe


  Most Read

Manmohan Singh's Pakistan trip being worked out: Nirupama Rao

Details of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Pakistan are being worked out, though no date has been set, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao »

Aamir Khan writes to PM in support of Anna Hazare

Film star Aamir Khan Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to pay "heed to the voice of Anna Hazare", who has started a fast against corruption. "I am merely one of many who  »

 Supporters prevent politicians from meeting Anna Hazare


  News Pick

A.R. Rahman launches his biography

Music maestro A.R. Rahman got a little nostalgic remembering his old days, during the launch of his biography "A.R. Rahman: The Spirit of Music" in Mumbai  »

K.L. Saigal, a musician of the masses

Six Indian-Americans in Forbes Midas 100

Six Indian-Americans figure in The Midas 100, Forbes' list of venture capitalists who bucked the trends of shrinking firms and declining returns to "create wealth and fund the new ideas that keep US economy vibrant."  »

Goa home minister's sons draw salaries as personal aides

For Goa Home Minister Ravi Naik, work perhaps begins at 'home' -- his two sons draw salaries as his personal aides. A written reply by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to the Goa assembly Wednesday lists Ritesh and Roy  »

Punjab to do away with convocation gowns

Terming it as a reflection of the "colonial symbol of slavery", the Punjab government Wednesday announced that it would do away with ceremonial gowns worn during convocation functions of colleges, institutes and  »

Congress, BJP in slanging match in Assam

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani Wednesday lashed out at the Congress government in Assam for its "corruption ridden misrule", while the ruling party hit back saying the state did not  »


Picture of the Day

A sand art creation to congratulate Team India for winning the CWC 2011 final, in Puri.

(Photo: PTI)



RSS  |  Contact us

| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant






About us




Government Schemes











Contact us





      Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

© 2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.