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With state elections in mind, Amit Shah on 2-day West Bengal tour

Union home minister will hold meetings with party workers as well as representatives of SC/ST communities

Eastern Times , Kolkata: With an eye on the 2021 West Bengal assembly polls, Union Home Minister Amit Shah is set for a two-day visit the state to starting Wednesday evening. Shah has a packed schedule with a number of meetings with party leaders and workers.

Assembly elections in Bengal are barely six months away and it seems Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has already started blowing the poll bugle.

BJP has targeted the Adivasi-Matua-SC/ST vote bank in its bid to wrest power in Bengal. With that in mind Amit Shah will attend a party meeting on Thursday in Bankura. After paying homage to Birsa Munda, he’ll then proceed to Chaturdahi, an Adivasi village to have lunch with an Adivasi family.

Scheduled castes and tribes account for 35.8 per cent of votes in the 12 assembly seats in Bankura. And this vote bank is in BJP’s crosshair.

On Friday Shah will visit the Dakshineshwar temple and offer puja. This will be followed by a meeting with state leaders on the strategies for the upcoming assembly elections.

BJP central observer to West Bengal Kailash Vijayvargiya said: “Amit Shah ji will meet BJP state leaders and party workers at Salt Lake’s EZCC. He will meet nearly 200 representatives from various sections.”

Amit Shah is also likely to visit Gouranganagar where he’ll meet representatives of the Matua community and also have lunch with them. After his return to Kolkata he is likely to hold a press conference.

According to party sources, Shah may visit classical vocalist Padma Bhushan Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty at his home.

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