After festive siesta, dharnas return to Esplanade
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.