BJP defers West Bengal campaign, Amit Shah to address rally on January 22

The scheduled rallies of BJP in West Bengal has been deferred by two days to January 22 owing to its national president Amit Shah’s ill health, party officials said Friday.

“As he (Shah) is not well, we have decided to change dates (of the rallies) so that he can attend them. There has been change in dates. Amit Shah will address the first rally on January 22 in Malda,” Dilip Ghosh, president of the West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party said.

On January 23, Mr Shah will address two rallies at Suri in Birbhum district and Jhargram district. On January 24, he will address rallies at Krishnanagar in Nadia district and Jaynagar in South 24 Parganas district, Mr Ghosh said.

The BJP has identified West Bengal as a priority state for the upcoming general elections and Mr Shah has set a target of winning 22 of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats.

Shah, who has been admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, with swine flu, is doing well and will be discharged in a day or two, the party had said Thursday.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday had asked the West Bengal government to allow proposed public meetings and rallies of the BJP under its “Ganatantra Bachao Yatra”.

In the last few years, the BJP has emerged as the main opposition in the state with a commendable show in rural polls and by-elections.

In a show of strength ahead of the national polls, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had organised a massive rally in Kolkata recently which is likely to see participation of lakhs.

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