BJP national president Amit Shah’s rally, scheduled to be held in Kolkata on November 30, was called off on Thursday, and instead the party would be organising a protest march on that day.
State party president Rahul Sinha said the rally was called off as Shah would be attending at least seven public meetings across the state in December. “On November 6, the state leadership held a meeting with senior central leaders, wherein it was decided that Shah would attend seven cluster meetings of the state in December and skip the party’s Utthan Divas programme on November 30. We have, accordingly, decided to call off the public meeting and put up a march instead,” Sinha said.
He denied that the decision had anything to do with Bihar polls results.
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The march on Utthan Divas, which would be led by party’s national leaders such as Kailash Vijayvargiya and Siddharth Nath Singh, would be organised from College Square to Rani Rashmoni Avenue to protest against the autocracy of the Trinamool government, Sinha said.
The BJP, he said, has also requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the main speaker for a meeting to be held either on January 12 or January 23, when the PM will be in Kolkata to attend government programmes.
Referring to the party’s defeat in Bihar, Sinha said it would not spoil the prospects of the BJP in Bengal for the Assembly elections next year. “How can the (poll) result of one state impact the prospects of BJP in Bengal? When BJP had won Bihar in 2005 and 2010, did that have an impact on Bengal? The answer is no. So why will it impact now?” Sinha said.
He added: “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is afraid of the BJP here in Bengal and thus trying to join hands with everyone, from Congress to CPM, in order to defeat BJP but all her efforts would prove to be in vain,” Sinha said, adding that senior leaders from the Centre would keep coming to Bengal frequently henceforth.
Lashing out at writers who had returned awards in protest against the alleged intolerance in the country, Sinha said such protests have stopped after Bihar election results, proving that these were politically motivated.
“A few so-called intellectuals had been used before the Bihar elections to raise a hue and cry over non-existent issues so that BJP’s image is tainted in India and abroad. As soon as the results were announced, we have not seen any of the intellectuals voice their protest. Where have they gone?” Sinha asked.
Attacking Mamata on the “law and order situation”, Sinha said earlier, people were assaulted but now even police officers were being killed and judges being attacked. “There has been no reaction from the CM on this, which is encouraging goons. But I must warn her. The Frankenstein which she is creating will destroy her as well,” he said.