Kolkata, Jul 21 : West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee on Sunday paid heartfelt tribute to all the "martyrs, who were killed during the 34 years of Left rule".
“Today is the historic #21JulyShahidDibas. On this day, 26 years ago, 13 youth workers were killed in police firing. Since then, we observe this day as #ShahidDibas. My heartfelt tribute to all the martyrs who were killed during the 34 years of Left rule,” Ms Banerjee posted on her social networking page.
In another tweet, Ms Banerjee said, “The main demand of the protest on #21stJuly 1993 was ‘No ID Card, No Vote’. This year, we have given a call for ‘Restore Democracy. No Machines … Bring Ballots Back’. Let us pledge to fight for the restoration of democracy in our great nation #21JulyShahidDibas.”
On this day in 1993, 13 valiant workers lost their lives during a rally on Mayo Road, Kolkata, after the police opened fire on them. They were marching to Writers’ Buildings, led by Mamata Banerjee, then a firebrand Opposition leader, demanding that the voters’ identity card be made the only valid document to verify voters. Writers’ Buildings was then the state secretariat.
To commemorate the martyrdom of the 13 political activists, along with other martyrs who were killed during the Left Front rule, lakhs of people have converged in Kolkata from all the districts for the public meeting at Dharmatala.
This year too, lakhs of party supporters have been put up by the party at various places in the city. They have been accommodated in places like the Geetanjali Stadium, Uttirno and various places in Kolkata, where local leaders and party workers are looking after them. All are in eager anticipation of this special day. (UNI)