Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who held a roadshow in Kharagpur on Sunday, said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will form the next government in West Bengal winning over 200 seats.
Speaking to ANI, Shah said, “With over 200 seats, BJP is going to form the government in West Bengal under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership. Indeed, the people of West Bengal want a change.”
Besides Amit Shah, West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh, party general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and actor Hiran Chatterjee also took part in the roadshow that witnessed a huge crowd. From ‘Jai Shree Ram’ slogans to tunes of Rabindra Sangeet, the roadshow happened to be a vivacious event. The 1 km-long roadshow started from Premhari Bhavan and concluded at Malancha petrol pump of the town.
BJP has fielded Hiran Chatterjee from the Kharagpur Sadar assembly seat in the upcoming polls.
Shah will also address public meetings in Jhargram in West Bengal on Monday.
Early in the day, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released the names of candidates for the third and fourth phase of the upcoming West Bengal Assembly polls. Union Minister Babul Supriyo and MP Locket Chatterjee were among the 65 candidates whose names were released by the party.
Addressing the mediapersons here, BJP general secretary Arun Singh said, “We are announcing the names of 27 candidates for the third phase and 38 candidates for the fourth phase of polls in West Bengal.” Economist Ashok Lahiri will contest from Alipurduar assembly seat, Supriyo from Tollygung and Swapan Dasgupta will contest from Tarakeswar.
Sunday’s list includes four MPs—Supriyo, Locket Chatterjee, Swapan Dasgupta and Nisith Pramanik. Chatterjee will contest from the Chunchura assembly seat while Pramanik will contest from Dinhata. Former minister in the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government Rajib Banerjee will contest from Domjur Assembly seat. Former TMC MLA Rabindranath Bhattacharya, who joined BJP last week, will contest from Singur.
Several actors, who recently joined the BJP, have also secured their names in the candidate list. Actor Yash Das Gupta will contest from Chanditala assembly seat, Tanusree Chakraborty from Shyampur, Payal Sarkar from Behala Purba and Anjana Basu from Sonarpur Dakshin.
Last week, the party had released its first list of 57 candidates for the polls wherein they fielded Suvendu Adhikari from Nandigram against incumbent Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, setting the stage for a high-profile contest from the seat in the state Assembly elections. Elections to 294-member state assembly will be held in eight phases starting from 27 March with the final round of voting taking place on 29 April. The counting of votes will take place on 2 May.