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CPM rally alert for Sept 1

Traffic-choker rallies are inevitable because one can’t walk in the skies, Biman Bose said on Thursday.

The assertion came after the CPM state secretary announced that the party would organise a mahamichhil (mega rally) in the city on September 1 to protest the “imperialist’’ designs of the US. The inconvenience people would suffer, Bose said, was “unavoidable’’.

“More than a lakh people would join the September 1 mahamichhil, which is being organised to protest the imperialist designs of the US. We are aware that the rally would inconvenience people. It’s unavoidable.... We are helpless... the event is being organised for a greater cause,’’ Bose said at the party’s Alimuddin Street office.

Asked whether the march would disrupt traffic, he said: “A march cannot be held in the skies. It has to be on roads. So, what do we do? People will suffer…. I am appealing to them to make some sacrifices. If they are to catch a train or flight, I advise them to leave at least two hours before schedule.”

A decade ago, Bose had been dragged to court for his comment on a Calcutta High Court judge who had banned weekday rallies on city roads.

The September 1 march would start from Rani Rashmoni Avenue at 1pm and wind its way through Lenin Sarani, Rajabazar, Gas Street and Dinendra Street before ending at Deshbandhu Park in north Calcutta, where a small meeting would be held.

Bose said: “Our chief minister discussed national and international affairs with Hillary Clinton.... Now, our chief minister is planning to invite Barack Obama to a festival in the name of Swami Vivekananda. Our mahamichhil will be to protest the anti-Left rightist US,” said Bose.