BJP President Amit Shah Cancels His Bengal Visit

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Kolkata: BJP president Amit Shah has cancelled his schedule to hold a meeting with West Bengal party leaders on August 3.

BJP President Amit Shah was scheduled to conduct a meeting at the Mahajati Sadan with the BJP leaders in Bengal. But the meeting was cancelled likely after Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel announced her wish to resign from her chief ministerial post.

The party’s national secretary and former state unit president Rahul Sinha had said that “our president is coming basically to offer a guideline to us for 2019 lok sabha elections. Before that Bengal will have three-tier panchayat elections in 2018. Naturally, Amit Shah Ji will offer some ideas to us to strengthen our organisation before the rural polls.”

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This would have been Shah’s first visit to Kolkata after Bengal Assembly elections results were out on May 19 and Mamata Banerjee became chief minister for the second consecutive term. BJP has won three seats this time against one which they won during a by-election.

Interestingly, all the two MPs from Bengal-Babool Supriyo and S.S.Ahluwalia are now ministers of Narendra Modi government.

Babool was inducted in Union cabinet immediately after he won the Asansol lok sabha seat in 2014. Ahluwalia has been given a berth in Modi’s government early this month. Bengal BJP is enthused over the prime minister’s act of inducting both the MPs in the government.

A senior Bengal BJP leader said that “our central leadership has given adequate importance to our state unit and that’s has been reflected through their act of taking both the MPs in the Union government. It is obvious that our leadership from Delhi will expect us to perform well with two Union ministers and three MLAs, which Bengal had never have in the past. Our president is coming to give us some tips on how to improve our performance before 2019 parliamentary elections.”