Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Kolkata this afternoon and addressed a rally, the first time he has addressed the state since the announcement of assembly election dates last week. The anticipation of his arrival was further stimulated by the arrival of the famous actor Mithun Chakraborty at that place. The star joined the BJP shortly before the start of the main event at the city’s Brigade Parade Ground.
Landed in Kolkata. On the way to the giant party rally. We look forward to being among the party workers and the wonderful people of West Bengal.
– நரேந்திர மோடி (narendramodi) March 7, 2021
The Prime Minister landed in the city at 2 pm and a large crowd had gathered hours earlier.
Mr Chakraborty joined the BJP, ending many speculations that he had attended the event. “I have spoken to him (Mr. Chakraborty) on the phone and he is coming today. I can comment only after a detailed discussion with him,” Kailash Vijayawarkia, the party’s state in-charge who met him, told the star yesterday at his home in the Belgacia area of the state capital.
Anyway, the actor is not decorating the stage in Kolkata today. According to ANI, the event was attended by many folk artists. With a 72-foot-long main stage, the other two stages are set up for Tollywood actors and other important personalities. The other two levels are 48 feet long, 24 feet wide and 7 feet high.
– BJP (@ BJP4India) March 7, 2021
Apart from Mr Vijayavarjia, National Vice President Mukul Roy, General Secretary Sanjay Singh and Rajya Sabha member Swaban Dasgupta are overseeing the rally.
1,500 CCTV cameras have been installed across the city for security purposes. Drone cameras will also be used to monitor the location. Sources told ANI that at least 7 lakh people are expected to attend the rally. Three main barriers have been strategically placed towards the main stage for security purposes. Barriers and a helipad have been developed at the race course near the Brigade Grounds.
BJP sources told ANI that this would be the first of more than 20 prime ministerial rallies across the state ahead of the elections. A day after the party announced its first list of 57 candidates for the election, two days after the current Trinamool Congress announced its own 291 candidates, it dropped three to its ally Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.
Elections to the 294-seat West Bengal Assembly will be held in eight phases from March 27 to April 29 and the results will be announced on May 2.
After winning three seats in the 2016 assembly elections, the BJP made deep inroads in the state through the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, winning 18 of the 42 seats and reducing Trinamool’s tally to 22. Congress won two seats and the Left got nothing.