Mamata stresses 'Asansol' & 'Darjeeling' at Martyrs' Day rally speech

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Kolkata, July 21: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressed a mega rally here on Monday on the occasion of the Martyrs' Day. At the rally, Banerjee was particularly critical of the BJP, saying the latter became over-ambitious in the state politics after winning two seats in the Lok Sabha election two months ago. "They have won just two seats and harbouring great expectations. They will be reduced to zero in the next election," the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief said.

Banerjee also slammed the BJP 'loyalists' in the state, saying those who are favouring the saffron party would soon see the TMC growing bigger. The TMC won 34 seats in the Lok Sabha elections while the BJP bagged two seats.

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Banerjee sang a rhythmic song at the end of her speech in which she took names of various places of Bengal and said the TMC would emerge the biggest power in all those places. She gave particular emphasis on Asansol and Darjeeling while taking their names. Both these places saw the BJP winning in the recent national election.

A number of MLAs, both from the Congress and CPI(M), besides some corporators and legal experts also joined the TMC on the occasion on Monday. According to the TMC leadership, five lakh people turned up at the rally, which was organised a the heart of the city, crippling it on the first day of the week.

Banerjee addresses the Martyrs' Day rally every year on July 21 to commemorate the killing of 13 Congress supporters in police firing on this day in 1993. The police fired on the activists when they tried to storm into the state Secretariat to meet the then chief minister, Jyoti Basu. Banerjee was a leader of the Congress till 1998 when she formed the TMC.

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