PM to address two rallies in Bengal
Kolkata: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to start his election campaign by addressing two public rallies — one in Siliguri and another in Kolkata —on April 3. The rally in Siliguri will start at 1 pm while the Kolkata rally will begin 3 pm.
The state BJP leadership is concerned about the attendance in the Kolkata rally as people from North Bengal will not be able to make it to the rally here.
There have been instances when the BJP had allegedly brought outsiders from neighbouring states in a desperate attempt to ensure huge gathering at rallies by national leaders.
The state BJP has already sought the permission from the authorities concerned
for holding Modi's rally at Brigade Parade Grounds in Kolkata.
According to the plan, the Prime Minister will also hold public meetings in Asansol, Krishnanagar and Sreerampore. Modi had held three rallies in Thakurnagar, Durgapur and Jalpaiguri in the month of February in Bengal.
In Thakurnagar, the Prime Minister had to cut short his speech after a stampede like situation occurred. Several women and children were injured and Modi had to apologise "for the discomfort that people went through" .
BJP Chief Amit Shah may also attend Prime Minister's rally in Siliguri. Shah is likely to address party supporters at Durgapur, Kharagpur and Midnapore and Kolkata in April.