Union Home Minister Amit Shah is likely to visit North Bengal on April 16, which could be his first visit to the state since the 2021 Assembly elections. Sources said local leaders were keen to meet Shah.
Other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders JP Nadda and BL Santosh may also visit Bengal this month, party insiders said. Following the 2021 results, Nadda traveled to Bengal last May to meet with victims of post-election violence.
BJP sources said Shah would be on a two-day official visit to West Bengal, as part of which he could visit Siliguri and Kolkata.
The party leaders are preparing a schedule for the exchange of views. “Nothing is certain. We are trying to suppress the meeting within the packed schedule. Although there is no confirmation, it will be clear by tomorrow, “said a senior party leader.
According to sources, the BJP is trying to cash in on incidents like Rampurhat violence and Jhalda killings. “After the election results in Uttar Pradesh and four other states, the BJP will focus on Bengal. The BJP can use these issues and the visit of Shah and other central leaders can benefit them, ”the source said.
In the 2019 general elections, the BJP won most of the seats in North Bengal from Darjeeling to Kochbihar. BJP has made North Bengal MP Nishith Pramanik and John Barla ministers. “Nevertheless, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) regained various seats in North Bengal in 2021. The BJP now wants to revive the base,” experts say.
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