New Delhi: President of West Bengal Unit of Bharatiya Janata Party, Dilip Ghosh, on Friday said that the schedule rallies has been postponed. The rallies will be held on January 22 and the decision has been taken owing to Amit Shah’s ill health.
“As he (Shah) is not well, we have decided to change dates (of the rallies) so that he can attend them. There has been a change in dates. Amit Shah will address the first rally on January 22 in Malda,” Ghosh said.
Shah, who has been admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, with swine flu, is doing well and will be discharged in a day or two, the party had said Thursday.
On January 23, Shah will be addressing two rallies at Suri in Birbhum district and Jhargram district. On January 24, he will address rallies at Krishnanagar in Nadia district and Jaynagar in South 24 Parganas district, Ghosh said.
The BJP has identified West Bengal as a priority state for the upcoming general elections and Shah has set a target of winning 22 of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats.
The party is also looking to host a few rallies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi although the dates have not been confirmed yet, Ghosh added.
Notably, a grand opposition rally has been organised by West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee tomorrow. Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi will reportedly give a miss to the rally.
A host of prominent Opposition leaders have been invited for the rally, touted as a show of opposition unity ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
More than 20 national leaders, including former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha, Shatrughan Sinha and Arun Shourie; three present chief ministers Arvind Kejriwal, Chandrababu Naidu and H D Kumaraswamy; and former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Akhilesh Yadav and Gegong Apang will attend the meeting, TMC sources said. Most of them have already arrived in the city.
Kolkata is likely to turn into an arena in the wake of the mega rally, which is likely to be attended by over 10 lakh people. At least 5,000 police personnel will be deployed across the city. Nearly 300 CCTV cameras have also been installed for round-the-clock monitoring to prevent any law and order situation.
In the last few years, the BJP has emerged as the main opposition in the state with a commendable show in rural polls and by-elections.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday had asked the West Bengal government to allow proposed public meetings and rallies of the BJP under its “Ganatantra Bachao Yatra”.