Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend four rallies during BJP’s December “rath yatra” in West Bengal to give a thrust to the party’s campaign in the state ahead of the 2019 general elections, the party’s state unit said Monday.
BJP president Amit Shah will kickstart the three rath yatra in the state which is scheduled to start from Coochbehar district in the north on December 7, from Gangasagar in the south on December 9, and from Tarapith temple in Birbhum district on December 14.
The “rath yatra” (chariot march) would cover all 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in Bengal, where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has set a target of winning over 22 seats. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend four rallies in Bengal during our rath yatra campaign in the state. We have informed the party central leadership and the PMO. The final dates are yet to be fixed. Let’s see what happens,” West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh told reporters Monday.
Besides the four rallies in which PM Modi is likely to be present, he is also scheduled to hold a public meeting at the historic Brigade parade ground in Kolkata early next year. The PM’s Brigade ground rally is expected to be after a public meeting of opposition parties led by Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee at the same venue on January 19.