West Bengal: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Asked to Campaign for BJP in Region, Official Says
We have sent a proposal to the central leadership urging the prime minister to campaign in the state,” BJP state unit chief Dilip Ghosh told reporters.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit West Bengal towards the end of this month for election campaign, according to state BJP president Dilip Ghosh.
Ghosh said that the Bengal unit had suggested some dates for his campaign visit. “We want Modiji to campaign from towards the end of this month. We have sought dates for 3-4 phases of the poll, which will cover approximately 10 rallies. We are yet to receive confirmation,” he told reporters.
Dates had also been sought for BJP national president Amit Shah and other central leaders, he said adding the party was planning to rope in the chief ministers of states like Maharashtra, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh.
BJP is looking to increase its tally in a state where it has had nominal presence so far. The party drew a blank in the last assembly elections but later won a solitary seat in by-election. In Lok Sabha elections though, the party increased its vote share appreciably winning two seats. But with Modi wave receding, the saffron party haven’t made much of a splash in the subsequent elections. The party has roped in Netaji’s grand nephew Chandra Bose to contest against Mamata Banerjee.