Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Netaji Bhavan on the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, in Kolkata, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Netaji Bhavan on the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, in Kolkata, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (PTI)

Ahead of polls, PM Modi to visit Bengal on Feb 7

  • PM Modi's visit to West Bengal comes as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) eyes a victory in the elections scheduled to be held in April-May in the eastern state.
By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2021 07:20 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit West Bengal to launch several government projects in the coming week in the poll-bound state.

PM Modi's visit to West Bengal comes as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) eyes a victory in the elections scheduled to be held in April-May in the eastern state. In a bid to capture Bengal, the party has already rushed a battery of its top leaders and ministers to address campaigns and rallies with the polls in sight.

"PM Modi will visit West Bengal on February 7. He will be here to dedicate three projects and lay the foundation stone for one project at the invitation of GoI's petroleum department and the road transport department,” Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, according to news agency ANI.

This is PM Modi's second visit to the state in a fortnight after January 23 when he participated in the 'Parakram Diwas' celebrations commemorating the 125th birth anniversary of Subhas Chandra Bose.

Earlier in the day, Union home minister Amit Shah attacking chief minister Mamata Banerjee asserted that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief has done injustice to people of the state and has taken West Bengal backwards in every field. Shah made the statement while addressing a rally in Howrah virtually from New Delhi.

While Shah addressed the crowd virtually from Delhi, Union minister Smriti Irani in Howrah said that no patriot can stay in a TMC that "insults the slogan" of 'Jai Shri Ram'.

"People will not support a political party which makes them fight among themselves and hates the Central government for its own profit. No patriot can stay for even a single minute in a party that insults the slogan of 'Jai Shri Ram'," said Smriti Irani.

In a major setback to TMC, six former members of the party — Rajib Banerjee, Baishali Dalmiya, Prabir Ghoshal, Rathin Chakraborti, and Rudranil Ghosh joined BJP after meeting Amit Shah.

The BJP has set a target of winning over 200 of the state’s 294 seats. Election strategist Prashant Kishor, who was roped in by Banerjee in 2019 after the BJP won 18 of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats, has said he will leave his profession if the party gets over 99 seats.

While the dates and schedule for the assembly elections have not been announced yet, the Election Commission of India is likely to announce the schedule in February.

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