July 20, 2015
All roads lead to Dharmatala
From the average Trinamool flag-bearers reaching Sealdah and Kolkata railway stations and heading for their makeshift accommodation at Salt Lake stadium, the enthusiasm is palpable in every party worker.
With only a few hours to go for the Martyrs’ Day rally at Dharmatala, supporters are coming to Kolkata from across the State. Makeshift gates have been installed at nearly 300 intersections across the city while hoardings of the Chairperson urging people to come to Dharmatala on 21 July have filled the city. The construction of the stage at the venue is also getting final touches, despite the heavy downpour.
“This is going to be the last July 21 rally before the 2016 assembly polls. In fact, all MPs are skipping the opening Parliament monsoon session to be present there. Everyone’s keen to know the party supremo’s direction to the leaders and supporters. It’s going to set the stage for the assembly polls,“ said a senior Lok Sabha MP.Therefore, LED screens are not only coming up at Jyoti cinema hall and Y-channel atop mobile vans, they can also be seen near the Grand Hotel, Chandni Chowk Metro station, Dorina Crossing and Park Street.
For the first time, according to MLA Nirmal Maji, a six-bedded fully equipped mobile hospital will be stationed at the Metro Channel. Over 200 doctors and 300 Ayurveda, unani and homeopathic practitioners will also be kept as standby.