The West Bengal BJP, as part of its strategy to connect with the public during the festive season, has arranged for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the people of the state, saffron party sources in Kolkata said.
For the first time, the state BJP Mahila Morcha – the party’s women’s wing – will conduct Durga Puja at the Eastern Zonal Cultural Center (EZCC) in Salt Lake.
According to sources, the virtual address on PM Modi’s “Maha Sasti” – which marks the beginning of the five-day festival – will set the tone for Durga Puja this year.
BJP state vice-president Anshika Banerjee said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address will be streamed live in EZCC as well as 10 other puja pandals across the state. The names of ten pandals are to be finalized.”
The party will also put up giant screens in many parts of the state to broadcast its speech.
Various cultural events, including gigs by folk artists, have been set up at the EGCC next week.
Mr. Banerjee said that Donna, the wife of BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, a distinguished Odyssey Danues and his troupe will perform at the opening ceremony.
Earlier, state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh had said that the party is not directly involved in organizing Durga Puja anywhere, fueling speculation of rift within the party.
Ghosh, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, is currently undergoing treatment at a city hospital.
With an eye on assembly elections, likely to be held in April-May next year, both TMC and BJP are leaving to woo people and strengthen their vote banks.
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.
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