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Mamata Banerjee refuses to ‘bow down’, holds rally in Kolkata on wheelchair

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Mamata Banerjee refuses to ‘bow down’, holds rally in Kolkata on wheelchair

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress high spirited Sunday rally was nothing less than an inspiration for the state that is weeks ahead of assembly election. The 66-year-old Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reached the state capital to hold a rally in her wheelchair with one leg in cast and putting across a clear and strong message that she “won’t bow down”.

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While declaring that nothing could stop her from protecting the democratic rights of the people, the TMC supremo said, “I am hurt and unwell, but my goal remains (remaining steadfast to her cause and people of Bengal). My body is full of bruises. But my pain is not greater than the suffering of people as democracy is being trampled through dictatorship,” she said. “I will continue to roam around Bengal on this wheelchair. If I go on bed rest, who will reach out to the people of Bengal?”

“I have faced a lot of attacks in my life but I have never surrendered before anyone. I will never bow my head. An injured tiger gets more dangerous,” she added.

Appealing for peace, she said, “May the unholy powers be destroyed and the good prevail”.

The senior leader, whose leg was injured in Nandigram on Wednesday while filing her nominations, made a strong statement in the heart of Kolkata, rolling in her wheel chair along with hundreds of party workers and supporters, who tweaked the party’s “khela hobe (Game on)” slogan to “Bhanga paye khela hobe” (Game on, broken leg and all).

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Initially, Ms Banerjee accused the rival BJP party alleging she was pushed by four or five people against her car and had the door shut on her at a time there was no police personnel around. But later, she said “I was greeting people from the car bonnet and a huge pressure came….and the car crushed my foot”.

However, her party leader filed a complaint against the incident to the Election Commission, citing it as a deliberate attack on their party chief, “within 24 hours of the removal of the Bengal police chief” by the Election Commission without any consultation with the state government.

Meanwhile, today the poll body, which had ordered an investigation into the matter, said there is no evidence that the Chief Minister came under attack. Calling it an accident, two poll observers and government officials reported to the EC that the Chief Minister’s security protocol was flouted after conducting investigation into the incident.

Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee enjoys Z-Plus security and travels in a bullet-proof car, but on that day she was not doing so, instead, the security in-charge was sitting in the bullet-proof car, said the EC, adding that needed action will be taken against her security in-charge, Vivek Sahay.

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