Kolkata, Sep 1 (UNI) A massive procession of the ruling Left Front, led by chairman Biman Bose, against imperialism, brought traffic movement to a stanstill today throughout the state capital and caused inconveniences to people.
The rally, which began at the Park Circus area in the southern part of the city, would pass through the Mullickbazar, Sealdah, Rajabazar, APC Road, Raja Dinendra Street, and terminate at the Deshabandhu Park in the northern part of the city.
The procession resulted in traffic snarls throughout the city as snaking queues of vehicles were seen stranded at various locations.
Several schools and educational institutions had already declared a holiday in view of the rally, while some others gave an early holiday to enable the students to reach their homes.
With the surface transport completely paralysed, the underground Metro railway was the only hope for the commuters and trains were packed to capacity.
The ''anti-imperialism'' rally, a '' Mahamichil'', a veritable sea of humanity, launched by the ruling Left parties, witnessed the participation of nearly one lakh supporters defying scorching sun and unbearable humid condition.
A separate rally of the student wing of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha also paraded in some parts of town- from College Street to Rashbehari Road in South Kolkata, demanding separate Gorkhaland state in Darjeeling district.
About 500 students arrived here yesterday in eleven buses from Darjeeling to express solidarity with Gorkhaland demand saying their '' Mother'' (Gorkhaland) was in captive in the hands of ruling party in Bengal.
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