West Bengal Election 2021: Clash of titans as Mamata Banerjee, Amit Shah to address rallies in same district

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Kolkata | February 18, 2021 8:20 AM

West Bengal Election 2021: Amit Shah has reached Kolkata last night on a two-day visit starting today.

West bengal Election BJP vs TMC Mamata Banerjee Amit ShahWest Bengal Election: Home Minister Amit Shah and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee are scheduled to address rallies separated by some distance in South 24 Praganas.

West Bengal Election 2021: A head-to-head political battle will play out today in Kolkata’s neighbouring South 24 Parganas district where Home Minister Amit Shah and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee are scheduled to address rallies separated by some distance. It is for the first time in the run up to the assembly elections that Banerjee and Shah will be holding rallies in the same district and more or less at the same time in the afternoon.

Shah has reached Kolkata last night on a two-day visit starting today.

He is scheduled to visit Kakdwip area near Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas district, where he will flag off the final leg of the five phases Parivartan Yatra of the BJP in the state.

A senior state BJP leader said yesterday that Amit Shah will visit Kapil Muni Ashram today. From there he will go to Namkhana where he will address Poribartan Yatra, he informed.

Shah is also scheduled to have lunch at the residence of a migrant labourer and later take part in a roadshow, he said.

Meanwhile, Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee, who is also the local party MP, is slated to address a party workers meeting at Pailan in South 24 Parganas on Thursday.

“It will be a politically important day tomorrow. Both Shah and Didi will address rallies in the same district,” a senior South 24 Parganas TMC leader said.

After having a limited presence in politically polarised Bengal for decades, BJP has emerged as the main rival of the ruling Trinamool Congress after winning 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state in 2019 general elections, only four less than the TMC tally of 22.

With the BJP’s strength increasing in the state in the last few years, its leaders are upbeat that the party will be able to end Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s 10-year rule in the state polls.

Election to the 294-member state Assembly is expected in April-May this year.

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