As BJP’s national president elected for the second term, Amit Shah would attend his first public rally in poll-bound Howrah district Monday amid claims by party leaders of “disruption from the Trinamool Congress workers”.
BJP MLA Samik Bhattacharya, while speaking of Shah’s rally as one which is “crucial” for the party ahead of the assembly polls, alleged that TMC cadres have “threatened people” against attending the rally.
“Workers of the ruling party have already started adopting every trick in order to prevent people from attending the rally (at Dumurjola). They are threatening our workers and have even stopped some of our vehicles at certain places,” Bhattacharya alleged.
The BJP’s Howrah district unit said with Shah getting another term as the chief of BJP, the expected turnout for Monday’s rally has “magically” shot up to over one lakh. “People are calling up to ask if they could bring more vehicles. Other than BJP workers of Howrah, we are expecting supporters from Hooghly, East and West Midnapore, Jhargram, Kolkata and parts of South-24 Parganas. Our new estimate of the turnout has now left us concerned about accommodating those who would turn up on the spot,” said Debanjal Chatterjee, party’s Howrah district president.
Senior BJP leaders expected to attend the rally include national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, national secretary Rahul Sinha, state president Dilip Ghosh, state co-conveners Sidharth Nath Singh and Suresh Pujari and MP Babul Supriyo.
The district magistrate, commissioner of police of the Howrah Commissionerate along with other senior officials visited the spot to take stock of the security arrangements.
While the rally is scheduled to begin at 1 pm, Shah is expected to arrive around 2 pm and leave by 3.30 pm, a leader said. Anticipations are high whether Shah would raise the Saradha scam in his speech after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, during his visit to North-24 Parganas on January 21, refrained from bringing up the ongoing CBI probe into the scam in which several TMC leaders have been questioned and at least one minister going behind the bars.