Kolkata: After a massive victory in the assembly elections this year, the Trinamool Congress will celebrate Martyrs’ Day today keeping in mind the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Through this biggest annual program, the speech of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be broadcast in different states. The program will start at 2 pm.
A senior TMC leader said Banerjee’s speech would be broadcast on big screens in West Bengal and for the first time in other states like Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Punjab, Tripura, Gujarat, and Uttar Pradesh. He said that the speech will be broadcast in Bengali in West Bengal and will be broadcast in local languages in other states.
The TMC leader said that TMC plans to telecast Banerjee’s speech on the big screen in several districts including Gujarat which is the stronghold of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. TMC has informed Gujarati people about the event and has distributed the booklet. Assembly elections are to be held in Gujarat in 2022.
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Martyrs’ Day is celebrated across the country on 23 March. On this day the British hanged Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, and Rajguru a day before the scheduled time. Martyrs’ Day celebrated in Bengal today is different from this.
Trinamool Congress observes ‘Martyr’s Day’ every year on July 21 in memory of 13 people killed in police firing at a Youth Congress rally in Kolkata in 1993. In fact, in the year 1993, Mamta Banerjee was in command of the Youth Congress. She marched towards the secretariat demanding that only voter ID card should be considered as a document for voting. During this march, an attempt was made by the administration to stop them.
Mamta Banerjee’s workers were moving towards the secretariat even after the rigorous efforts of the police. To stop this mob of workers, the police finally opened fire. In this firing, 13 workers were killed and many were injured. Since this accident, Mamta Banerjee celebrates 21 July every year as Martyr’s Day.