New Delhi: In a major push to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Lok Sabha election campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to conduct two rallies in West Bengal on Wednesday. So far, the Prime Minister has conducted three rallies in north Bengal’s Cooch Behar, in Dalit Matua community-dominated Thakurnagar in the North 24 Parganas and in West Bardhaman district’s industrial city Durgapur of the state.
On Wednesday, Modi will first address a rally in north Bengal’s Siliguri, followed by a rally at Kolkata’s iconic Brigade Parade Ground. The BJP, which won only two seats in Bengal in 2014, aims to substantially increase its seat count in the state under its “Look East” policy.
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said that political parties should concentrate on implementing their poll promises properly. Further, she claimed that the Trinamool Congress had fulfilled most of the promises made in the previous polls.
Banerjee lost her cool when asked whether she advanced her campaign meetings at Dinhata from April 4 by a day keeping in mind the meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Siliguri on the same day. “Don’t ask me such questions. Don’t teach me. It may suit you but it may not suit me,” she said. Banerjee said she was asked to do an extra meeting and that is why she will campaign at Dinhata.
Notably, Congress President Rahul Gandhi will address three back to back election rallies in Nagaland and Assam on Wednesday. Rahul will address the first rally at Dimapur in Nagaland on Wednesday morning. He will address the second rally at Bokakhat in Assam’s Golaghat district for sitting Kaliabor MP Gaurav Gogoi, followed by the third rally at the state’s Lakhimpur district for party candidate Anil Borgohain from Lakhimpur constituency.
On Tuesday, the Congress released a 53-page manifesto for the polls with a slew of promises such as good governance, freedom from indebtedness to farmers, protecting existing jobs while creating new ones and implementing anti-corruption laws without bias. Besides, the Congress party also promised to launch MGNREGA 3.0 to address issues of water security, soil quality and similar issues that aggravate farmers’ distress.
(With agency inputs)