PM Modi, Amit Shah, Mithun Chakraborty among star campaigners for 1st phase of Bengal polls
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and actor-turned-politician Mithun Chakraborty featured in Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP's) star campaigners list for the first phase of West Bengal assembly elections. The party released a list of 40 people for the first phase of polls in the eastern state.
The party’s national chief JP Nadda, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, and co-incharge West Bengal Amit Malviya were also on the list of BJP’s star campaigners.
The list was announced three days after PM Modi’s grand rally at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata where actor Chakraborty was also inducted into the party. The Bollywood actor’s joining has sparked speculations that he might become the BJP’s chief ministerial face in the assembly polls.
The party is all set to give a tough fight to the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) led by chief minister Mamata Banerjee. With West Bengal ready to witness the first phase of assembly elections on March 27, the two parties’ poll campaign is in full spring with each sharpening its attack against the other.
While Modi has promised “sonar Bangla” and is leading the BJP in Bengal with ‘ashol poriborton’ (real change) pitch, TMC has called it an easy, smiley election with Khela Hobe, becoming one of its main slogans.
The BJP aims to win a majority of over 200 seats in the 294-assembly constituency. Exhibiting confidence in its hold on the state, the BJP has fielded Suvdendu Adhikari against Mamata Banerjee who’s contesting from the Nandigram seat in East Midnapore instead of her traditional seat Bhawanipore in south Kolkata.
While the BJP is confident of emerging as a serious contender following its strong performance in the Lok Sabha election in 2019, Banerjee has accused the party of playing the communal card and said they will suffer humiliating defeat in polls.
The election in West Bengal will be held in eight phases starting from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place on April 29. The results for the polls will be announced on May 2.