Siliguri: BJP chief Amit Shah kicked-off his party’s expansion drive from Naxalbari, West Bengal on Tuesday. Amit Shah launched the BJP’s Mission Bengal from this tiny village, where the violent Naxal uprising had begin in the 1960s.
He was given a grand welcome by his fellow cadres in the Siliguri district. After convening a meeting, he treated himself to a sumptuous Bengali lunch in BJP leader Gita Mahato’s residence accompanied by state president Dilip Ghosh.
“I want you to shout so loudly that it can be heard in Kolkata,” the BJP chief said, declaring that development would defeat violence. “This is where violence started. I am happy to see the Lotus bloom here,” Mr Shah said. He will go door to door t in a booth-level campaign in Naxalbari.
Mr Shah’s three-day tour of Bengal will take him next to Bhabanipur, Chief Minister Mamata’ Banerjee’s assembly constituency. His focus is on strengthening the BJP at the grass roots ahead of crucial panchayat or local body elections in the state next year and then the 2019 national election, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will seek a second term.
Amit Shah will be going to a booth which has a past of Naxalism. He will spend 2 days in West Bengal and then visit Odisha, Telengana, Kerela and Tamil Nadu as part of the programme.
The BJP is celebrating year 2017 as ‘Gareeb Kalyan Varsha’ for centenary year of Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay and it will also work on the Deen Dayal expansion scheme.