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As West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be leading a "massive" protest at Delhi's Jantar Mantar on the issue of FDI in retail and hike in diesel price on Monday, the Congress will take out its rally in Kolkata at the same time that will start from Esplanade and end at Hazra crossing in south Kolkata, very close to Mamata's residence.
While the Trinamool Congress leaders will be chanting slogans against the Congress-led UPA government at Jantar Mantar where the Chief Minister will be accompanied by her 25 MPs, the Congress leaders in Kolkata will shout anti-Trinamool slogans near her residence.
Mamata is already in Delhi ahead of the protest march. Her recent message on Facebook read: "It will be a protest against the anti-people policies of the central government'' as she invited people from all walks of life to join the rally at Jantar Mantar.
Back in Kolkata, the Congress has made all the preparations for the rally which is part of the party's campaign of convincing people about the benefits of FDI in retail for the economy.
"We are going to tell people that FDI is not a monster as projected by the Trinamool. It will be a boon for the economy. Mamata is indulging in destructive politics, which is aimed only at self-aggrandisement. Our agitation in favour of FDI will not end in tomorrow's rally. We will organise classes and seminars where we will invite people. Economists of our party will take part in those seminars. Ours will be knowledge offensive to dispel all misgivings about FDI,'' state Congress chief Pradip Bhattacharya told The Indian Express.
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