The city’s famous brigade parade ground is preparing for a massive public rally to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. This is his first visit to West Bengal after announcing the state assembly election dates last week, though he has reached here at least three times in the last few months. Glitz could be added to the event, with popular actor Mithun Chakraborty likely to be involved. Non-controversial when asked about it for the first time yesterday, Kailash Vijayvargiya, the party’s state in-charge, met with the star at his residence later in the day. Belachachia area of the capital.
Vijayvargiya later said, “I have spoken on the telephone with (Mithun Chakraborty), he is going to come today. I will be able to make a comment only after a detailed discussion with him.”
In any case, the 70-year-old Mr. Chakraborty would not be on a single platform today, if BJP sources agree. ANI said that many folk artists are also expected to be involved in the event. Apart from Vijayvargiya, other BJP office bearers monitoring the rally include National Vice President Mukul Roy, General Secretary Sanjay Singh, and Rajya Sabha Swapan Dasgupta.
BJP sources informed ANI that this is the first of the Prime Minister’s 20 rallies across the state. It comes a day after the party announced its first list of 57 candidates for the election and two days later the Trinamool Congress announced its 291 candidates, leaving three for its ally Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.
Elections for the 294-seat assembly in West Bengal are to be held in eight phases from March 27 to April 29 and the results will be announced on May 2.
After winning three seats in the 2016 assembly elections, the BJP made a deep grip in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in the state, winning 18 seats out of 42 and reducing the Trinamool’s tally to 22. The Congress won two while the Left parties won none.