Bengali celebrities, intellectuals join Mamata Banerjee at victory rally

Kolkata, July 21 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chose July 21, the day she observes as martyrs day to commemorate the a 1993 police firing deaths, to celebrate her landmark victory on a rainy Thursday parading the Tollywood stars and intellectuals of Bengal with the victims of political violence in the state where she ended a 34-year-old Marxist rule two months ago.

July 21 is observed every year by Mamata Banerjee at downtown Esplanade to mark killing of 13 activists (then she was a Congress leader)  in police firing on July 21, 1993 in Kolkata, but this year it was a different occasion for the communist slayer.

But Mamata this year chose to change the venue to the city’s iconic Brigade Parade Ground for a massive show of strength and despite rain a large number of people gathered drawn by the star power of Mamata Banerjee.

“I thank you all for braving the weather and turning up in large number. My brothers and sisters and mothers of Nandigram, Netai, Singur and Jangalmahal (all over Bengal. I thank you all.

“Those who died will not come back. But I will try to do my best to bring peace.

“People punished them. So there is no need for us to clash with them. They robbed, they killed. But we will not do anything like that. We will give good governance,” she said.

“Now we want good human beings. Now we want good youth power,” she said.

“I have tried to do in two months what the Left Front did not do in decades. I tried to speed up work,” she said.

“After taking over we saw that the government even did not leave any money to pay salaries. They left huge debts. They made the hospitals a gateway to hell. We increased 3500 beds in just two months,” she said.

“We have already allocated Rs 1200 crore for village hospitals,” she said, quoting copiously from famous Bengalis like Rabindranath Tagore and Nazrul Islam.

“The teachers will now get salary on time on the first day of the month,” she said, adding that thousands of teachers would be recruited too.

“We will solve Singur problem. We will solve Jangalmahal (Maoist affected zone) problem. We will solve all,” she said.

Mamata said she will now concentrate on infrastructure and ensure employment generation.

“We will show what is Parivartan (change). You welcome change, and we show what is change,” she said.

“I can sacrifice my life, but I cannot sacrifice my commitment,” she said, assuring that she will indeed usher in change.
She reiterated that Kolkata indeed would be like London with the launch of the pilot project on Aug 1 and north Bengal would indeed be like Switzerland.
From veterans actors like Biswajit, Supriya Devi and popular Bengali singer Nachiketa to present day Tollywood actors Dev, Debasree Roy, Ranjit Mullick, Dipankar Banerjee, Satabdi Roy and litterateur and Magsaysay winning social activist Mahasweta Devi, the stage of Banerjee’s victory show was a galaxy of stars, singers, poets, actors and intellectuals.

Mamata Banerjee flaunts star power at victory rally
Photos Avishek Mitra/IBNS

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