Amit Shah Sets Eye On Bengal, 6 Days Long Tour


Kolkata: Amit Shah is on a six-day trip to Kolkata with an aim to expand the party’s base in Bengal ahead of the Panchayat polls . Shukto (a Bengali starter) alu-jhinge posto (mashed poppy seed), fulkopir torkari (potato-cauliflower curry) and other Bengali delicacies graced Amit Shah’s platter for lunch made a headlines.

The BJP Chief is coming to Kolkata on 7th April. He is scheduled to attend a public rally at Siliguri and Birbhum. Shah will be accompanied by BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, party national secretary Rahul Sinha, party state chief Dilip Ghosh and others.

The last time Shah visited Kolkata, in September, he had lunch with a party member and in his April’s visit, he had a lunch with a party worker at his residence in Mamata Banerjee’s very own Bhabanipur Vidhan Sabha constituency.

Following their victory in Tripura, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, BJP national president Amit Shah is scheduled to hold a meeting with state BJP leaders to chalk out strategies for coming panchayat polls in West Bengal. Focus will be on the creation of booth-level committees at the grassroots.

“It is the people who have brought about the change in Tripura. They will bring about the change in Bengal too. We are trying to build our party organisation here as per their hopes and aspirations. We have full support from our national leadership. I think there will be a sea change in Bengal within six months,” state Bharatiya Janata Party President Dilip Ghosh said here.

And, now, the results in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya have reaffirmed that the BJP is a powerful electoral force, with its far superior war machinery and an army of foot soldiers. Even in Nagaland and Meghalaya, which are Christian dominated, the BJP has not only won seats, but has formed coalition governments. The party now rules more than 70 per cent of the country’s geographical area, spread over 21 states.

Of its latest victories, Tripura was the most significant as one of only two left governments in the country was dislodged. The reverberations of the win were felt not only in neighbouring West Bengal, but also in Kerala. “The BJP’s golden period will be when we win Bengal, Kerala, Odisha and Karnataka.”the BJP Chief claims.