In a reversal of fate, chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee seems to be following his archrival Mamata Banerjee, hardly two months after she said that she would follow him wherever he went to campaign.
The CPI(M) politburo member and main campaigner for Left Front in the assembly elections will attend a road show organised by the district Left Front on April 26 in an open jeep on the same route which was covered by the Trinamool Congress chief on April 9.
The padayatra of about 7 km will start from Botanic Garden around 4pm and reach HIT Park in Ghusuri, north of Howrah town, through GT Road, Mullick Phatak, Jogmaya, Kadamtala and Belilious Road.
Earlier, Bhattacharjee had participated in a road show with an impressive turn out of more than one lakh in the area under his Jadavpur and three other assembly constituencies after Banerjee walked several kilometres through different assembly constituencies in southern and central parts of Kolkata.
"We are expecting a presence of more than one lakh people in the road show between the Botanic Garden and HIT Park in Ghusuri on April 26. The chief minister will take part in the road show covering four assembly constituencies of Howrah south, Howrah central, Howrah north and Shibpur. There will be a spontaneous presence of people in the programme," said Biplab Majumder, CPI(M)'s Howrah district secretary.
Majumder said, "People have understood the hollow promises of the Trinamool chief. Around 1.5 lakh people attended the Left Front rally in Dhulagarh on January 2."