West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee takes part in a rally to mark International Women’s Day in Kolkata on Monday. (PTI)
A DAY after an all-women grand show in Siliguri, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Monday hit the road with a massive rally in the heart of Kolkata to observe International Women’s Day. The mega rally started from central Kolkata’s College Street crossing and culminated at the Dorian crossing in Esplanade. Armed with placards and posters, thousands of women activists from the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress took part in the rally, raising ‘Mahilara Didikei Chae’ (women want Didi) slogans. Women candidates like June Malliah, Sayantika Bandopadhyay, MLA Chandrima Bhattacharya, party MPs Nusrat Jahan and Mini Chakraborty, among others, walked with Banerjee in the rally.
They also protested against the hike in LPG prices. “We are always with Didi. She is a symbol of inspiration for the women in Bengal. The Trinamool Government has done a lot for our empowerment in the society. The Kanyashree scheme has helped thousands of women in rural Bengal,” said Priya Dey from Maniktala, who took part in the rally.