Kolkata: With Mamata Banerjee`s
`padayatras` drawing thousands, the ruling CPI-M not to be
outdone has also planned a similar roadshow on coming Saturday
by Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in his Jadavpur
constituency in the city`s southern part.
"Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee will participate in a
roadshow from the Jadavpur police station to Sonarpur covering
a distance of seven kms," CPI(M) state secretariat member
Robin Deb said.
Deb insisted there was no question of the chief
minister taking a leaf out of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata
"On the contrary, it is Mamata who is following in the
footsteps of CPI-M which had in the past organised huge
processions on issues of public importance in the city and
elsewhere, in some of which Buddhada himself took a leading
part," Deb, who is looking after CPI-M`s campaign in the
Jadavpur constituency, said.
Last Sunday, Banerjee along with former state chief
secretary Manish Gupta, who is the candidate of her party in
the Jadavpur constituency against Bhattacharjee, at her side
organised a mammoth padayatra covering several constituencies.
She walked the 12-km route from Gariahat to Garia in
one of the most successful road shows organised by the
In her earlier padayatras too, people participated
overwhelmingly to catch a glimpse of the leader who is widely
perceived to be the next chief minister of the state.
Mamata has already held five such road shows in the
city and its outskirts in the last two weeks including the