Mamata reschedules rally date to counter Modi's Bengal meetings
Kolkata, Apr 3 (IBNS): West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has rescheduled her Thursday's Dinhata rally to Wednesday, in an apparent move to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will address two rallies in the state today.
Mamata's meeting will begin at 3pm. Modi's rally at the Brigade Parade ground in Kolkata is scheduled to start at 1pm.
West Bengal is one region where the BJP has been targeting to win more seats this time as even party president Amit Shah recently said that he is expecting the party to grab 23 seats in the Trinamool Congress-ruled state. Currently, the BJP has two seats in the state.
BJP sources said here that Prime Minister will address a public meeting in Kolkata's famous Brigade Ground in the afternoon.
Earlier, he will address a rally in north Bengal in Siliguri at Railway Ground near New Jalpaiguri.
Prime Minister will also address a public meeting at Pasighat in East Arunachal Pradesh in morning, party sources said.
The rallies in West Bengal would have their own political significance as Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will also launch her crucial and much ambitious campaigns in the state on Wednesday.
According to Trinamool Congress sources, Banerjee, who was initially slated to kick off her campaign on Thursday (April 4), has advanced her plans and will now address a public rally on Wednesday at Dinhata in Cooch Behar district -- also in north Bengal.
Trinamool sources said the idea behind advancing the launch of poll campaign is to ensure that not an extra day is ceded to the BJP, which has emerged as her bitter rival in this year's parliamentary polls.
In fact, the battle of 2019 is directly or indirectly linked to national ambition of Trinamool Congress, who created a history when she unseated the CPI-M led Left Front in the state.
Trinamool chief will be addressing at least two rallies in each of the 42 constituencies of the state.
West Bengal will elect its 42 members in seven phase of polling.
Meanwhile, what is seen as politically important, over 500 Trinamool Congress and CPI(M) workers on Tuesday joined BJP in the presence of its Malda North Lok Sabha candidate Khagen Murmu in a function at Ghot Para in Old Malda block.
It may be mentioned here that Malda was one of the last remaining bastions of Congress in West Bengal until its sitting MP from Malda North and niece of legendary A.B.A. Ghani Khan Choudhury, Mausam Benazir Noor reposed faith in Mamata Banerjee and joined Trinamool Congress with a large number of her supporters in January.