The BJP has postponed its campaign for next year’s assembly polls in West Bengal after the rout it faced in the just concluded Bihar assembly elections, with party president Amit Shah skipping his proposed “Utthan Diwas” public meeting in Kolkata on November 30.
Shah will now address public meetings in West Bengal late in December and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Bharatiya Janata Party leaders will hit the campaign trail in January.
According to BJP sources the decision to defer Bengal campaign was taken to give time for inner-party rebellion to subside post Bihar defeat but the national leadership claims that the postponement was planned before the Bihar results came out.
Even as the noise over the poll debacle grew louder, Union transport and shipping minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said it was unfair to blame only Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah for the loss.
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