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Mamata begins long march, campaign ban at 10 pm

May 16, 2019 17:59

You may disagree with her politics and polity, but it's no mean feat to walk over 8 km in the searing, energy-sapping heat of Kolkata. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee is on a padyatra from Thakur Pukur to Taratala, a distance of roughly 8.2 km. She had to rejig her rallies after the EC cut short campaigning in Bengal by a day. The 'silence period' begins at 10 pm today. 

Responding to reports that the Special Protection Group (SPG) had written a letter to West Bengal DGP over security concerns at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally, Mamata Banerjee responded, "They (EC) curtailed our campaign 24 hours ago and now we have to adjust our meetings," she added.

The SPG had reportedly alleged that Banerjee was planning a "rally ambush", raising the possibility of clashes between TMC and BJP workers at the Mathurapur rally.

While Modi addressed a rally in Mathurapur and another one in Dum Dum, Banerjee held a public meeting in Mathurapur, which was almost close to the Prime Minister's rally venue. 

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