Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address six election rallies during the six-phase 2016 Assembly polls in Bengal. According to the BJP leaders, Narendra Modi would kick-off his Bengal campaign at the end of March for the polls that is to be held in April-May this year.
“Narendra Modi will start by addressing two mega rallies in Kolkata and Siliguri. After that he will hold four more public meetings in other parts of Bengal. BJP national president Amit Shah and other central leaders will also campaign in the elections,” said state BJP president Dilip Ghosh.
BJP leaders have already started searching for the meeting grounds that could accommodate the crowds that Narendra Modi election rallies would pull and help the security to prepare the helipad for the prime minister’s chopper to land on the rally ground.
Apart from Kolkata and Siliguri, the BJP leaders are looking for rally grounds in Krishnanagar, Malda, Birbhum, Bankura, Purulia and Asansol for Narendra Modi’s elections meetings. “In the last one year, the Bengal BJP has lost its momentum and popularity to a great extent. During the Lok Sabha polls in 2014, Narendra Modi’s campaign paid off and the BJP managed to win two parliamentary seats from nothing. We expect, the PM to swing votes for the BJP in the Assembly polls too,” said state BJP general secretary (organisation) Ashim Sarkar.
The Bengal BJP is planning Narendra Modi and Amit Shah’s meeting in such a manner that the saffron brigade could pose a strong challenge to the Trinamool Congress, the Congress and the CPI(M) in both the South and North Bengal.
It is learnt that the Bengal BJP leaders have shortlisted 40-42 Assembly seats out of the 294 Assembly segments in fray. The BJP wants to put up a stiff fight in these Assembly segments against the Trinamool, Congress and the CPI(M) and try to win at least three-fourth of the 42 Assembly seats.
“We stand a good chance to give a stiff fight in the 40-odd Assembly seats. We will use all our resources to win these segments. Narendra Modi and Amit Shah would also campaign in this belt,” said Ashim Sarkar.
Other central leaders such as BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbbas Naqvi, BJP spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, national general secretary and observer for Bengal Kailash Vijayvargiya, national secretaries Siddhartha Nath Singh and Rahul Sinha and MP Babul Supriyo will also campaign for the BJP candidates during the elections.