Only Kolkata will rule: Shahrukh Khan
Kolkata: The City of Joy accorded a grand welcome to Kolkata Knight Riders for their IPL triumph, with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee felicitating the players and co-owners Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla in front of the Writers' Buildings here Tuesday.
"We have been waiting for this day so long. Thank you Didi. Thank You Kolkata. Thank you West Bengal on behalf of every member of the team. Only Kolkata will rule," SRK, who is also the brand ambassador of East Indian state of West Bengal, said at the reception amidst thunderous cheers from hundreds of people as confetti rained from above.
Captain Gautam Gambhir said, "Thank you Didi. It is a fantastic support that we have received from the people of Kolkata and Bengal."
Banerjee, dressed in a white sari with a purple border, the color of the team's jersey, said, "Bengal is proud. The victory of the Knight Riders is like a victory of the world."
Earlier, Kolkata turned purple and gold as thousands of people lined up the entire route from Hazra crossing, near the chief minister's Harish Chatterjee Street residence, to Writers Buildings, a distance of five kilometre, to witness the victory parade of the team aboard a flower-bedecked trailer.
There was chaos outside the Eden Gardens after an hour-long felicitation function of the IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders when a large crowd broke barricades and engaged in scuffles with the police in a bid to enter the grounds today. Nearly 30,000 people were waiting outside the Eden Gardens as they were not allowed entry into the grounds which were already packed to capacity. As the surging crowd made a determined bid to have a glimpse of the KKR team as well as its co-owners Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla, chaos followed and several persons suffered injuries in the melee. The area was littered with shoes and other foot wears as the police made way for the KKR team members, Shah Rukh Khan and Tollywood actors for their departure. West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, some of her cabinet colleagues and Railway Minister Mukul Roy were present at the felicitation programme, organised jointly by the state government and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. When contacted, the police denied that there was any lathicharge or any injury outside the stadium.