Banglahunt Desk: It’s like ‘was a handkerchief became a cat.’ A procession was organized to thank UNESCO at the Durga Puja Heritage Takma Mela. It was going well. But no one even understood that such a derby would start in front of Jorasanko Thakur’s house. On Thursday afternoon, the entire Central Avenue was transformed in a blink of an eye by last Sunday’s EM Bypass.
Like Ghati-Bengal, Shrimp-Hilsha war, East Bengal-Mohunbagan (Eastbengal-Mohunbagan) supporters started arguing wherever they went. He was no exception in this Puja rally. The state government invited the clubs of Kolkata to participate in the procession. The supporters of the two clubs carried red-yellow and green-maroon flags in the procession. But standing side by side, intense tension started. There is a wave of slogans and counter-slogans.
Mohun Bagan defeated East Bengal 1-0 in Durand Cup derby last Sunday. On this day, the excitement was at its peak. A voice came from the direction of Mohun Bagan, ‘As many times as Derby, as many times as Harbi.’ Diameter goes where! On the other hand, East Bengal also raised slogans – ‘Gangapadar Ghatike – bought it!’ After this, the slogan ‘Blood color is green maroon’ was raised. On the other hand, East Bengal said, ‘The torch will burn red and yellow.’ Despite the arguments, neither side crossed the line. The red yellow versus green maroon fight was limited to a war of words.
Incidentally, Kolkata saw the first derby of the season last Sunday in Durand’s match. Almost three years later, the gallery was virtually overflowing with a big match in the mecca of football. East Bengal lost that match by a suicide goal. Mohun Bagan won the Durand match yesterday too. But in the battle of words, they said to each other ‘without war, I will give up Suchagra Medini.’ No one gave an inch of land to anyone. Puja procession saw the heat of football!
At least 135 puja committees from north to south of the city participated in this procession today. The procession started at two o’clock. UNESCO representatives also participated in the procession. This colorful procession starts from Jorasanko at 2 pm on Thursday. This procession starts from Jorasanko and will end at Red Road via Girish Park, Chittaranjan Avenue, Dorina Crossing, Rani Rasmani Avenue.
]The chief minister urged everyone to participate in this procession regardless of party affiliation. Now several road vehicles of Kolkata will also be controlled on this day for the procession. Central Avenue, Chittaranjan Avenue, Red Road, Dorina Crossing and Rani Rasmani Avenue will be closed from 1 pm to 4 pm. Northbound traffic will therefore be diverted via Bentinck Street and Rabindra Sarani. Kolkata Traffic Police sources informed that southbound traffic will take Acharya Jagdishchandra Bose Road, Howrah-bound Strand Road and Sealdah-bound vehicles will take AJC Bose Road and APC Roy Road.