The party’s national president JP Nadda will visit Siliguri in North Bengal on Monday to take stock of organizational matters ahead of the 2021 assembly elections.
Both Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Mr. Nadda have addressed a number of virtual rallies and party events in Bengal in the last few months. Sources said that this will be the first visit of the saffron party president to the state, which has been continuing since the outbreak of COVID-19 epidemic in March.
Mr. Nadda will interact with senior leaders of the party such as National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, Vice President Mukul Roy on the occasion along with booth and district level leaders.
“There is no public event happening … From the airport, he will go directly to a hotel in Siliguri, where he will address party workers and have an organizational meeting with the leaders of North Bengal. He leaves for Delhi in the evening Will be. ”Said a state BJP leader.
A press conference by Mr. Nadda, which was scheduled earlier, has also been canceled, he said.
The saffron party is considered a stronghold of the Congress and TMC, capturing one of the eight Lok Sabha seats in the region in the 2019 general election.
North Bengal, spread across eight districts, has 54 seats out of 294 assembly seats.
Earlier, it was decided that Shah would visit North Bengal before Durga Puja, but the plan was later shelved.
After a limited presence in the politically polarized state for decades, the BJP emerged as the main rival to the ruling TMC in 2019, winning 18 out of 18 Lok Sabha seats.
The BJP’s strength has increased manifold over the years in Bengal, where it has never been in power, with party leaders expressing confidence that the saffron surge will end Mamata Banerjee’s decade-long rule in the state.
Assembly elections are likely to be held in Bengal in April-May next year.