Amit Shah Visits WB To Flag Off Fourth Leg Of Parivartan Rath Yatra
The union home minister will also address a public rally in Cooch Behar’s Thakurbari grounds later in the evening
Union Home Minister Amit Shah is in West Bengal today (11 February) to flag off the fourth round of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Parivartan Rath Yatra from Cooch Behar. The inauguration will take place at 11.30 am, before which Shah will visit the Shri Madan Mohan Temple.
Later in the day, the BJP politician will also seek blessings at the Sree Sree Harichand Thakur temple in South 24 Parganas. He is scheduled to address a public rally in the evening at the Thakurbari ground, post which the senior leader will interact with the party’s social media volunteers in Kolkata.
The mega-scale roadshow campaign prior to the state’s legislative elections was started by the saffron party on 6 February. Through the yatra, the BJP plans to visit all the 294 constituencies of the state. Cooch Behar, by the BJP’s own statistics is a stronghold for it, considering that they already have an MP from there and a Trinamool Congress (TMC) migrant minister.
The home minister’s visit comes just a day after Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee lashed out at the rival party during her speech. Accusing the Modi government of considering themselves bigger than lord Jagannath, she said that the politicians of the BJP wish to be worshipped by the country. She compared the party to Raavan, who abducted goddess Sita on his flying chariot. The Jagannath yatra is a popular festival especially in eastern India where the revered god is carried on a grand chariot across regions. The TMC supremo further took a jibe at her opponent’s roadshow, calling it an airconditioned event, with all the leaders enjoying luxurious benefits at the cost of the public.
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