The state BJP announced on Saturday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was likely to address at least 10 public meetings across West Bengal towards the end of this month for election campaign.
State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said they had sent a proposal to the central leadership “urging the Prime Minister to campaign in the state” for the Assembly elections. “We want Modiji to campaign from towards the end of this month. We have sought dates for 3-4 phases of the poll, which will cover approximately 10 rallies across various constituencies. We are yet to receive confirmation,” he told reporters here.
The announcement falls short of the initial claims of Ghosh, who had said in January that the BJP is planning to launch a blitzkrieg of rallies, “beginning with four successive rath yaatras from four different points in the state – Cooch Behar, Ganga Sagar, Midnapore and Purulia” as part of their campaign which would cover the entire state. Instead, the PM is expected to focus only at four key constituencies – Siliguri in North Bengal, Kharagpur in West Midnapore district, Asansol in Burdwan district and Malda.
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Ghosh said Modi was likely to address a public rally later in the month with at least two-three visits scheduled in April.
Dates have also been sought for BJP national president Amit Shah and other central leaders to campaign for the elections. “At least 30-40 BJP leaders, including Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, will also campaign for the party,” the state BJP said.
The BJP will primarily target the Mamata Banerjee government over violence in Kaliachak in Malda where a large mob allegedly set afire several vehicles and attacked a police station in January.
Meanwhile, former BJP leader Shantilal Jain, who had defected to TMC a few years ago, re-joined the party on Saturday.