Reported By: Kamalika Sengupta
Last Updated: December 25, 2023, 18:06 IST
Kolkata [Calcutta], India
Union home Minister Amit Shah and BJP National president JP Nadda (File Image/PTI)
According to party insiders, Amit Shah will visit Gurudwara and Kalighat temple on December 26, following which, he along with JP Nadda will hold a meeting with the core committee of the party’s Bengal unit
Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president JP Nadda are set to arrive in Kolkata Monday night to hold several organisational meetings on December 26.
According to party insiders, Shah will visit Gurudwara and Kalighat temple on December 26, following which, he along with JP Nadda will hold a meeting with the core committee of the party’s Bengal unit. The two leaders are also likely to meet with the BJP social media team and thereafter might introduce some new workers during the organisational meeting.
A senior party leader from West Bengal, told CNN-News18, “They (Amit Shah and JP Nadda) will visit all states to hold Lok Sabha organisational discussions. We are happy that they chose West Bengal to start these meetings. This clearly proves that they are giving huge importance to Bengal.” The Bengal BJP unit is in an upbeat mode for the organisational meeting before the New Year.
Party leader Dilip Ghosh said, “They were supposed to visit after the conclusion of the Winter Session of Parliament because now the preparations for Lok Sabha elections are setting in, we are looking forward to this meeting.”
BJP is targeting 35 seats from Bengal which was the goal set by Amit Shah, which is not easy, according to party insiders.
Amit Shah had earlier visited Kolkata amidst the Assembly election in four states and said that this time Narendra Modi should feel that Bengal made him the prime minister.
BJP won 18 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections which was one of the best performances of the party in Bengal till now. Therefore, it is a challenge for the party this time to repeat the result.
Reacting to Shah’s visit, TMC Minister Shashi Panja said, “Honourable Minister may come anytime but what I have heard is that he is coming to sort out problems in their Bengal BJP unit.”
Party insiders have claimed that this time, from candidature fixation to campaign plans, all will be specially monitored by both Shah and Nadda.
Meanwhile, on December 26, AITC’s youth wing will conduct a rally in every block and town in protest against the remarks made by Sukanta Majumdar on Swami Vivekananda, demanding an apology from him and Amit Shah.
TMYC will pay tributes to Swami Vivekananda carrying his portrait and Football.