Kolkata: Trinamool to hold its biggest rally on Friday

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Mamata Banerjee
Kolkata, Jan 29: Calcuttans may have to plan their Friday in advance this week as Trinamool Congress is going to hold its biggest rally that day.This may even give some of the biggest rallies held in the political history a taste of dust.

To be held at the Brigade Parade Grounds, the meeting is likely to draw nearly 2 million people from within and around the city. Extensive security measures have been taken to maintain peace and order during the rally.

Close to 5,000 security personnel are likely to be deployed and 7 cameras would scan through the crowd. The Kolkata Police is also setting up a makeshift control room at the Ladies Gold Club's Maidan tent.

Some of the areas that are likely to be jammed in and around Brigade Parade Grounds - Queensway, Hospital Road, Outram Road and J L Nehru Road (from Park Street crossing to Birla Planetarium). Some of the other road stretches that will be out of bounds may include CR Avenue, JL Nehru Road and APC Road.

Police will be deployed at 9 am that day when the first lot of people are expected to come. In fact, party sources say that people have already started arriving in the city.

"We are arranging for their overnight stay at three points - Salt Lake stadium, Burrabazar and Howrah," said Mukul Roy, the national secretary for the party. Apart from that four special trains from North Bengal will be run to ferry people to the city, which alone will cost Rs 27 lakh. Several thousand buses and personal vehicles are also expected to reach the city that day.

Roy further added,"The rally will be addressed by the party supremo at a critical juncture. The Lok Sabha polls aren't far away. It isn't only Bengal that will listen to her that day, but the country."

This is why, the preparations are grand with 75ftX64ft three-tier dais, 5000 volunteers, and 11 medical camps. "The Hare Street police station outpost has been identified at the flag-off point for all people lost. We will set up a camp here," said party officials.

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