|A star-show in front of Chief Minister in TMC poll campaign in Old Malda on Wednesday|
(Photo: Sudip Roy Choudhury)
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Mamata’s ‘unexpected’ emergence outshine Mithun Chakraborty in TMC poll-meeting
Malda, 16 April, 2014: Though film star Mithun Chakraborty was naturally the only cynosure of his first election campaign meeting of in the district at Tantipara field of at ward no. 18 under Old Malda Municipality area today, his leader Mamata Banerjee’s unexpected emergence in the meeting simply outshone him. She not only bewildered the Trinamul Congress leaders and the audience with her abrupt presence but also urged the people earnestly to throw away Congress, CPI-M and BJP.
Merely a day before the Lok Sabha election in Darjeeling, chief minister Mamata Banerjee asserted that people would vote there against the ‘ploy of dividing the state.’ “Hill people do not solicit division. We do not prefer politics of division. So, we would win in Darjeeling,” she said. She once again asked the people to be “aware of a communal party like BJP.”
Trinamul’s star-studded meeting commenced amid confusion as Mithun Chakraborty’s helicopter landed at Malda aerodrome at 4.35 pm instead of district sports association’s ground where the party leaders were waiting since 3 pm. Chakraborty and Mukul Roy reached the meeting venue around 5 pm.
Even before the film star and senior Trinamul leader Roy settled on the dais, chief minister’s convoy reached there. Getting on the dais Banerjee said, “After concluding my programme in south Dinajpur I was heading towards the hotel from aerodrome. But I heard that Mithun and Mukul are holding a meeting here. So, I have come here to meet you.”
In her speech Miss Banerjee once again claimed that the Congress backstabbed Trinamul in Malda and Murshidabad during 2011 assembly election. “It is my realization that we must strengthen ourselves here. Hence, we are contesting in both Lok Sabha seats in Malda,” she explained.
Targeting Congress the CM said, “Previously you voted for Congress but did not get anything from them. Give us a chance. I promise you to develop Malda in all aspects. I would be with you always. This time I would be here for five days. Do not waste your vote by supporting Congress, CPI-M and BJP. Let a new battle of Bangla begins against the state’s deprivation by Delhi.” She introduced Malda north Trinamul candidate Soumitra Ray to the audience and sought vote for him.
Mithun Chakraborty, who entertained the audience by his dance in filmy-style in tune with Ray’s song said, “Didi wave is moving and shaking the country. You should strengthen her hand. The more seats she bags, the stronger she would be to develop the state.” Introducing Ray as his old-friend, Chakraborty said that Soumitra Ray’s win would take Malda one step ahead towards development.
A huge audience turned up in the meeting to take a glimpse of Mithun Chakraborty and Mamata Banerjee on the same dais.