Kolkata: With the chanting of “Jai Sri Ram” renting the air, a sea of humanity on Sunday took part in Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s one km roadshow here.
Making inroads into Trinamool Congress bastion, Shah’s march generated huge response as the road from Dakbunglo to Chowrasta decorated with saffron flags and colourful balloons was choc-a-bloc.
People were seen in scores atop the terrace of houses in the residential areas, where Shah was the cynosure of all eyes on his maiden visit to Bolpur.
Besides Shah, BJP Rajya Sabha member Swapan Dasgupta was on the open hooded truck. Other leaders were state party president Dilip Ghosh, Union Minister Debashree Chowdhury, Anupam Hazra and others were on the march
In the roadshow on a separate truck, the Baul singers were also accompanying Shah.
Earlier, Shah paid rich floral tributes to poet Rabindranath Tagore and said ” Kabirguru not only spread the Bharatiya bhasha and sanskriti across the world but also helped enrich them into totality”.
Shah said the poet made India proud for his literary creation and by the establishment of a world-famous institution -Santiniketan- and adding, ” We are fortunate that his composition became the national anthems of two nations.”
India and Bangladesh’s national anthem are composed by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.
Talking to reporters after visiting the Santiniketan campus, Shah said the Nobel Committee also enriched itself by giving Nobel Prize to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.
He said the poet was also an inspiration to the country’s two great leaders Mahatma Gandhi and Netaji Subash Chandra Bose and added that he was very fortunate to visit this great institution, which was founded by the poet.