Silguri: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee led a ‘padayatra’ here on Sunday to protest against the steep hike in the price of LPG cylinders.
Accompanied by thousands of supporters, Banerjee set off on the protest march from Darjeeling More around 2 pm.
“‘Khela hobe’! We are ready to play. I am ready to play one-on-one… If they (BJP) want to buy votes, take the money and cast your vote for TMC,” the Trinamool Supremo said.
“India knows about a syndicate that is Modi and Amit Shah’s syndicate,” she said while hitting back at PM Modi over the latter’s allegations against the TMC government in the poll-bound state.
“Poribortan (change) will happen in Delhi, not in Bengal. He (PM Modi) said there is no women security in Bengal but look at UP, Bihar and other states. Women are safe in Bengal,” she said.
Many were seen holding red-coloured cardboard replicas of LPG cylinders at the ‘yatra’, which was led by the TMC supremo, and joined by her ministerial colleague Chandrima Bhattacharya, and party MPs Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan.
Claiming that LPG cylinders would soon be beyond the reach of common man, the CM had said on Saturday that massive demonstrations should be held to “make our voices heard”.
Bhattacharya said that the rally has been organised ahead of International Women’s Day, and scores of women on Sunday have extended their support to the rally.