Slogans of ‘Take away ATK’ reached the membership tent of ATK Mohun Bagan on Saturday as loyal supporters of ATK Mohun Bagan as soon as once more vented their anger earlier than the membership’s Annual Normal Assembly (AGM).
Alleging that the historical past and legacy of their beloved century-old membership is being repeatedly tarnished, a lot of followers gathered in entrance of the Mohun Bagan Athletic Membership beating drums and shouting on microphones. One other group protested in entrance of CESC Home in Dharmatala, demanding that the prefix ‘ATK’ be eliminated and the ‘contentious’ third equipment not worn.
In direction of the night a protest march with round 300 individuals was additionally taken out from the Eden Gardens space in direction of the Mohun Bagan membership tent.
As the group swelled, police was referred to as in to disperse the massive gathering since there have been fears that the membership’s annual basic assembly is likely to be disrupted.
Through the AGM, ATK Mohun Bagan director and Mohun Bagan secretary Srinjoy Bose was confronted with the identical question. In reply, he assured followers that each one their issues shall be resolved quickly. Evaluating the MB-KGSPL take care of the erstwhile McDowell’s, Bose stated, “Going ahead, no matter we win shall be talked about as trophies received by Mohun Bagan.”
Mohun Bagan legend and former captain Subrata Bhattacharya, who attended the assembly, was requested by the media on his views on the rising voices of discontent to which the 67-year-old stated, “I should look into the matter but when commentators are utilizing the phrase ATK then that’s their fault. The heritage of the membership deserves respect.”
Ever since ATK Mohun Bagan FC sported their third kit in black, similarities between their jersey and erstwhile ATK’s away equipment in 2019 has been rife. Followers have alleged that resorting again to ‘a defunct membership jersey’ is one other signal of disrespect in direction of the 130-year-old Mohun Bagan whose major colors are inexperienced and maroon. ATKMB’s present away is a mixture of white and maroon, one thing plenty of supporters love.
“At any time when there’s an try to advertise the model of ATK we’ve got protested. The black color is just not the problem however a detailed look will inform anyone that the design is similar as that of final season’s defending champions ATK – which is now defunct,” Tuhin Patel, one of many followers protesting at Dharmatala, final month had instructed The Indian Express.
“We now have no drawback with the stakeholders. Our solely drawback is with repeated publicity of brand name ATK. We as diehard supporters of the membership really feel that that is an insult to the legacy of Mohun Bagan Athletic Membership – established within the 12 months 1889 with greater than 100 main title victories,” he added.
Noticeably, almost all ISL matches, witnessed ‘fan wall’ participants holding up ‘Take away ATK’ indicators.
Totally different kind of posters are hanging within the fan wall so, the admins of Fan wall take away considered one of our members however 5 are nonetheless there. #JoyMohunBagan #Theresistance #RemoveATK#KhelaHobe #greenandmaroonwarriors pic.twitter.com/HU0gQVkwb6
— Inexperienced & Maroon Warriors (@gmwarriors_17) February 6, 2021
“By no means compromise with their very own mom membership’s respect, legacy, and heritage. We tried our greatest to maintain our promise and the battle will proceed, let’s roar #RemoveATK collectively,” learn a press release from a Mariners fan web page.