Amit Shah to take centre stage in Kolkata today

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Nov 30, 2014 12:50 IST

All eyes are on Amit Shah as the Bharatiya Janata Party races against time to make his mega rally in Kolkata a grand success. The BJP chief’s address comes when the ruling Trinamool Congress is rocked by graft allegations in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam and the Burdwan blast that blew the lid off terrorist activities in the state.

The Kolkata high court allowed the BJP to hold the rally after the municipal corporation, police and fire department refused permission after inspecting the venue. The court ruled the party could hold its rally and named two special officers to ensure the BJP complies with the rules.

“We have very little time in hand but everything will be ready for the rally,” said Ritesh Tiwari, general secretary for the state BJP.

The man entrusted with the task of building the massive stage, Rajib Singh, sounded confident of getting it ready overnight.

“I am deploying 40 labourers, double the usual strength to get the dais ready in such a short time. The main dais will be ready in 6 hours and the three tier barricade on the ground will be ready by 8am on Sunday,” Singh told HT.

Shah is expected to kick off the BJP campaign for the Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls with over 80 municipalities going in to vote next year.

“When Shah comes we will initiate our mission of making ‘Mamta Mukt’ (Mamata free) Bengal…We will do well in the upcoming polls,” said Siddharth Nath Singh, BJP national secretary.

Party workers from Darjeeling, Murshidabad, Malda, North and South Dinajpur have already landed in the city to attend the rally.

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