Union Home Minister Amit Shah has landed in Kolkata in the wee hours of Saturday with the pack of agendas for his two-day visit to unfold a high-level political drama in West Bengal ahead of the assembly polls and when the ruling Trinamool Congress has been witnessing the unprecedented rebel with many party leaders, including sitting legislators, are collapsing its tent ahead of the elections.
Amit Shah has arrived in Kolkata after 1 am on Saturday to take part in the party events and to review its preparedness for the elections. Upon landing in Kolkata, the Home Minister took to Twitter and wrote, "I bow to this revered land of greats like Gurudev Tagore, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, and Syama Prasad Mookerjee". Amit Shah is scheduled with a two-day tour and his visit has come nearly ten days after BJP National President JP Nadda's convoy was stone-pelted and attacked in West Bengal, leaving senior BJP leaders injured.
Amit Shah's visit is expected to give a crucial push to the party which has been steering towards ousting the ruling Mamata Banerjee's regime. As the Home Minister's agenda has been packed with advancing the party in the states in which it has weakening grounds, Amit Shah has been directly visiting the states that are on the verge of elections, with Bihar, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana for Hyderabad civic polls being reminiscent. His visit to Bengal has got nationwide attention as he would be unfolding a high-level drama.
His two-day visit could bring a storm of destructing Mamata Banerjee's tent with some of the rebelled Trinamool Congress party leaders have been expected to officially join BJP in the presence of Amit Shah. In an unprecedented fashion, the ruling TMC is losing its arms ahead of its electoral fight against the BJP. In a week after Nadda's convoy was attacked which the BJP leaders blame TMC workers for the appalling incident, nearly ten leaders of the ruling regime had switched side.
Senior TMC leader Suvendu Adhikari was the first to hold a banner of revolt. The high profile member and sitting MLA of the party, Adhikari had officially resigned from Mamata Banerjee's party on December 16 and it has been expected that Adhikari would be bringing several TMC leaders with him and would officially join the BJP in the presence of Amit Shah, which would a major setback for Mamata Banerjee who is staunchly working to cut BJP roots in her state while her party workers are determined to water the Central ruling party to surge in the state.
Ahead of Amit Shah's visit, Adhikari's associates had thrown a bombshell to Mamata Banerjee as they have promised a political storm more fierce than Cyclone Amphan to sweep across Bengal from Darjeeling and Digha. According to reports, two MLAs had on Friday resigned from Trinamool Congress in what had become a massive shock for Mamata Banerjee's faction. Amit Shah's travel could bring the nation to witness how the party is resplendent in Bengal.
Amit Shah will be taking part in a rally that has been scheduled at 2 pm in Medinipur town, which is around 150 km from Kolkata. At Medinipur, the Home Minister will be having lunch at the home of a farmer, offering prayers at two temples, and garlanding the statue of freedom fighter Khudiram Bose before taking part in the rally. His rally could draw more crowds which the party would showcase to the ruling regime on its rise. On Sunday, Amit Shah will visit Viswa Bharati University in Bolpur, where he will hold a roadshow to press the voters to replace the current reign.
Amit Shah's packed weekend could cause a political storm in the state ahead of the assembly polls and would push Mamata to embrace a huge backlash. BJP has been hoping for an unswerving victory in West Bengal as with enjoying a strong presence in the North-eastern states, emerging victorious in Bengal would become significant for the party to saffronize the eastern part of India. Earlier, West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh had said that Amit Shah and BJP National President JP Nadda would visit the state every month till the assembly elections, likely in April -May. Ahead of Shah's visit, BJP had assigned parts of West Bengal to six Union Ministers and they have been tasked to carry out campaigns in the state.
Reached Kolkata!— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) December 18, 2020
I bow to this revered land of greats like Gurudev Tagore, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar & Syama Prasad Mookerjee.
কবিগুরু রবীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর, ঈশ্বরচন্দ্র বিদ্যাসাগর এবং শ্যামাপ্রসাদ মুখোপাধ্যায়ের মত মহামানবের এই পুণ্য ভূমিকে আমি শতকোটি প্রণাম জানাই pic.twitter.com/rEGSjc87Rk