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Delhi Confidential: Kolkata Calling

BJP is all set to launch a new exercise to make its presence felt in the region's 40 Assembly constituencies.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
April 13, 2021 4:17:29 am
Amit Shah

With Kolkata region having been a difficult area for the party to penetrate so far, the BJP is all set to launch a new exercise to make its presence felt in the region’s 40 Assembly constituencies. Besides programmes already scheduled, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will launch a massive public outreach campaign in Kolkata on April 13, with more than 2,000 small path sabhas (street meetings) in constituencies in and around Kolkata. Several national and state BJP leaders will reach out to various communities residing in Kolkata to share with them the BJP’s vision for the city in specific and the state in general. This, party leaders say, is an attempt to ensure that the urban voters stand with the party.

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