BJP president Amit Shah will address a rally on Tuesday afternoon at the Chowringhee football ground to launch his Bengal Yatra, amidst frenzied speculation about a possible split in the ruling Trinamool Congress as the CBI inches towards the top party leadership in the Saradha scam investigation.
The focus of Shah’s speech is expected to be on the alleged terror links of the ruling party. Burdwan was selected to kick off Shah’s programme in a bid to take advantage of last year’s October 2 blast in the town — an incident that blew the lid off a quietly-flourishing terror network, mainly fuelled by infiltrators from Bangladesh.
“Many TMC leaders are eager to cross over. However, we don’t want to lose focus of this programme that will highlight the threat to national security from this state,” said BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh.
On January 15, refugee relief and rehabilitation minister Manjul Krishna Thakur and his son Subrata quit TMC to join the BJP. Shah’s rally is expected to turn the trickle into a cascade with a number of TMC leaders switching over to the BJP.
“We are waiting to hear our national president at a time when there are burning issues in Bengal, ranging from the Saradha scam to the Burdwan blasts.
There will be no joining at the Burdwan rally since there are other important issues,” said Rahul Sinha, BJP state president.
Sources said Shah would also meet state leaders to chalk out a strategy for municipal polls.