Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address an election rally in Asansol on April 8.
He is likely to address two meetings in North Bengal on the same day. He will also address a meeting in Matigera. He is expected to reach North Bengal in the morning. After addressing two rallies, Modi will come to Asansol from where Union Minister of State for Urban Development Babul Supriyo was elected.
BJP leaders think that their candidate in Asansol has a fair chance of victory. Tapas Banerjee, former mayor of Asansol Municipal Corporation and former chairman of Asansol Durgapur Development Authority (ADDA), is contesting from Asansol South while the state Labour Minister is contesting from Asansol north constituency.
As there is sizeable non-Bengali vote in Asansol, BJP leaders believe that they will be able to hold 17 per cent vote if they can create Modi wave like 2014 Lok Sabha polls. But Modi wave is not there in 2016 Assembly elections. Also, the popularity of Modi has gone down to a great extent. A chunk percentage of BJP vote is likely to back the Trinamool.
On the same day, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee will address a meeting in Kulti and this has become a major concern for the police and administrative personnel.
Modi is likely to take part in a road show in Bhowanipore from where Banerjee is contesting. Congress candidate Dipa Das Munshi will fight from the same seat.