Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s problems are not being mentioned ahead of next year’s West Bengal Assembly elections. The BJP has intensified its campaign on a war footing by deploying Union Ministers, Deputy Chief Ministers and several Union leaders on various fronts and assigning them responsibility for six to seven parliamentary constituencies. According to party sources, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit the state this weekend. At the same time, his Union Cabinet colleagues Gajendrasinh Shekhawat, Sanjeev Balian, Prahlad Patel, Arjun Munda and Mansukh Bhai Mandvia will visit the state in the next few days.
According to sources, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and Madhya Pradesh senior minister Narottam Mishra have also been given responsibilities in West Bengal. When Union Minister Patel was asked about the responsibility given to him in West Bengal, he confirmed this and said that preparations for the party’s elections in North Bengal have been handed over to him.
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Sources said Shah will meet all these leaders on December 19 and discuss further strategy. Shah will be on a two-day Bengal tour this weekend. During this time he will address a political gathering and dine at a farmer’s house in Midnapore district. There are reports and discussions that Trinamool may join the BJP in the presence of former minister Shubhendu Adhikar Shah, who is angry with the Congress. The official also resigned as a Trinamool Congress MLA on Wednesday after Mamata resigned from the cabinet.
The BJP leadership has handed over responsibility for five different areas of West Bengal to its central office bearers. The BJP has yet to make a significant impact in the West Bengal Assembly elections, but its victory in the state’s 18 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections has given it a major boost and it has emerged as the main rival of the Trinamool Congress. Party leaders have repeatedly claimed that the BJP will overthrow the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool government in this year’s assembly elections.