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West Bengal Polls: BJP to celebrate 2000 potho sabhas in Kolkata starting April 13 | India News


NEW DELHI: To further boost its campaign in the ongoing West Bengal assembly elections, the BJP would organize potho sabhas (small street corner gatherings) in and around Kolkata starting Tuesday. These potho sabhas would join the electoral rallies, traveling shows and other programs already planned.
According to sources, Union Interior Minister Amit Shah would launch the potho sabha on Tuesday addressing them in the assembly constituencies of Dum Dum and Baranagar at 7 pm and 8:15 pm respectively.
The potho sabhas are part of the BJP’s strategy towards a massive public outreach campaign in Calcutta in which more than 2,000 potho sabhas would be carried out in more than 40 assembly constituencies in and around Kolkata.
Through the potho sabhas, the BJP seeks to add a new dimension to its campaign for the remaining four phases of the election by targeting 40 seats spread across the Calcutta region, also called the presidential area.
A senior leader said on condition of anonymity: “BJP West Bengal is organizing these potho sabhas considering the unique characteristics of an urban area and in light of the various governance and infrastructure issues facing the city of Kolkata.”
Various national and state leaders of the BJP would reach out to the different communities residing in and around Kolkata to share with them the party’s vision for Kolkata specifically and the state in general.
In order to effectively reach the general public and taking into account the convenience of the people, these meetings would be held in the afternoon in accessible areas such as housing societies and community centers, among others.
The leader said: “Kolkata is the cultural capital of India and has always led the way in the advancement of literature, spirituality, music and film in India. Since the time of the Bengali Renaissance, which began in Kolkata, the city has witnessed glorious changes that have also elevated the country.
“From social reforms such as the abolition of ‘sati pratha’, to the first steps towards the empowerment of women that legalized the remarriage of widows and the formation of the Indian National Army that fought for the independence of India, Calcutta has been the home of many important movements in the history of India. ”
However, the leader said, due to the negligence of past state governments, the city and its people have faced many problems on multiple fronts, such as dilapidated infrastructure, inadequate health facilities, lack of economic growth and growing concerns. around the safety of women. , among others.
Potho sabhas would highlight these problems.
Congressional leaders are already holding corner meetings in the ongoing elections. Leading the Congressional campaign, party leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Rahul Gandhi held corner meetings in Kerala, Assam and Tamil Nadu.
The BJP had experienced it during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections through ‘Chai pe charcha’. He has revived it in West Bengal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shah, and Party Chairman JP Nadda, as well as other star activists, are leading the party’s mass networking programs. Several of these leaders would be bound to address the potho sabhas now.

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