Af­ter fes­tive si­esta, dhar­nas re­turn to Es­planade

The New Indian Express - - INDIA -

Af­ter tak­ing a brief hiber­na­tion, po­lit­i­cal par­ties are back to busi­ness by hold­ing their reg­u­lar dhar­nas and ral­lies in Kolkata’s nerve cen­tre, the Es­planade. The sheer size of the square and the cen­tral lo­ca­tion give an im­pres­sion to the cadres of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties that by sit­ting and shout­ing slo­gans at Es­planade, they would grab the at­ten­tion of the peo­ple and the state govern­ment. But one thing many seem to have for­got­ten - the state Sec­re­tar­iat is no longer a block away at Writer’s Build­ing, it’s miles away near the Vidyasagar Setu con­nect­ing Kolkata with Howrah. Se­condly, Kolkatans have de­vel­oped an amaz­ingly thick rhi­noc­eros skin with re­gard to un­chang­ing po­lit­i­cal slo­gans and the traf­fic jams in­duced by the ral­lies. There’s am­ple scope of in­no­va­tion in slo­ga­neer­ing and tac­tics to at­tract more peo­ple in the ral­lies.

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