Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s event in Mumbai to inaugurate the Make in India week kickstarts a packed schedule ahead of the budget session on February 23.
Before facing a hostile Opposition in parliament, Modi will complete at least two farmer rallies and also visit poll-bound West Bengal.
While the Mumbai event was aimed at wooing investors, Modi will visit Madhya Pradesh’s Sehore on February 18 and Bargarh in Odisha on February 21. The venues are BJP bastions in their respective states — while Sehore is part of MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s constituency, Bargarh is in the party’s stronghold of Sambalpur.
The rallies are aimed at reaching out to the farming community as a part of the government’s plans in the aftermath of the withdrawal of the controversial land acquisition amendment bill.
In West Bengal, Modi will participate in the Kolkata-based Gaudiya Math’s centenary celebrations on February 21. Political observers see it as a BJP signal to the Hindu votebank in the state ahead of the assembly elections. Modi will not travel abroad during the session. His office told HT that he will attend few domestic engagements outside Delhi during the session.
Modi had come under attack from the Opposition for his travels abroad. After a defeat in the Bihar elections last year, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had “advised” him to stop travelling abroad and spend time with farmers.