KOLKATA: Union house minister Amit Shah on Friday requested Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Bengal to hit the streets and put together all organisational items right down to the polling sales space degree for 2024 Lok Sabha polls, West Bengal BJP leaders mentioned after Shah addressed them at a closed-door meeting.
“Shah said instead of waiting for the outcome of the 272 cases that the CBI is probing in Bengal, we should hit the streets and rejuvenate the spirit of party workers. He said it is no small achievement that a party that had only three legislators increased the rally to 77 last year. The workers are waiting for proper leadership, Shah told us, referring to the crowds he saw during his visit to north Bengal on Thursday,” a senior state BJP chief, who attended the meeting, mentioned on situation of anonymity.
This was Shah’s first Bengal go to because the state election.
“There was no discussion on the cases being probed by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate, the Centre’s plans to implement the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the frequently raised demand for imposition of President’s rule in Bengal. Shah focused on organisational matters and placed his roadmap for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls,” the chief added. CAA provides citizenship to non-Muslims from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh who entered India earlier than 2015 however the guidelines wanted to implement the regulation haven’t been notified but.
“Shah said that as opposition leader in Gujarat, he faced physical assaults and was booked in many cases but he did not give up,” mentioned a second Bengal BJP chief who attended the meeting. Earlier within the day, Amit Shah led the BJP’s sharp marketing campaign towards the ruling Trinamool Congress and chief minister Mamata Banerjee over the loss of life of a BJP youth wing chief, Arjun Chaurasia, in north Kolkata. Shah, who was on the second and final day of his Bengal journey, made an unscheduled go to to the world and demanded a CBI probe. Shah alleged that it was a political homicide and accused the state’s ruling TMC of unleashing terror after the 2021 meeting polls.
Shortly after meeting Chaurasia’s household, Shah addressed prime state office-bearers, departmental heads, legislators and members of Parliament at a resort on the japanese outskirts of Kolkata.
BJP nationwide normal secretary (organisation) BL Santhosh addressed state leaders earlier than Shah.
“Santhosh said all state office-bearers, MLAs and MPs must work together and some of them have to play leadership roles,” mentioned a state BJP legislator. The remarks come towards the backdrop of stories of dissent and divisions within the state unit in current months.
In the night, Shah attended a cultural occasion held by the Union ministry of tradition at Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial Hall to have a good time the inclusion of Bengal’s Durga Puja in UNESCO’s record of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
At the occasion, Shah spoke on Bengal’s contribution to India’s freedom motion and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s imaginative and prescient of India in 2047 when the nation celebrates the a centesimal year of Independence. At Victoria Memorial Hall, a dance recital, depicting the totally different types of Goddess Durga, was carried out by Dona Ganguly, spouse of Sourav Ganguly, former Indian cricket captain and incumbent BCCI president, and her troupe.
Shah and a few BJP nationwide leaders went to Ganguly’s residence at Behala in south-east Kolkata on Friday evening to have dinner together with his household. They spent round 50 minutes and loved conventional Bengali delicacies.
“I know Shah since 2008. I also work with his son. This is a courtesy visit. He wanted to come earlier but it never worked out,” Ganguly instructed the media. Shah’s son, Jay Shah, is the secretary of the BCCI.
A senior Bengal BJP chief who didn’t need to be named mentioned: “Ganguly and his wife had both invited Shah to their residence a long time ago. The Union home minister could not make it during his earlier visits to Kolkata. There is nothing more to it.” There have been rumours earlier than the final meeting polls that Ganguly may be part of the BJP.