Amit Shah to visit Kolkata early next month

Kolkata: BJP national president Amit Shah will visit the city in early September to oversee progress in the expansion of the party’s base in West Bengal.

Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said that Shah would be in the city for three days from September 10 to September 12. His programmes would be all Kolkata-specific.

Ghosh said, “Shah will meet party workers, leaders and intellectuals. He will take note of our progress in strengthening our organisation in the state and will conduct internal meetings.”

According to state BJP sources, a detailed report of the party’s rise in vote share in the just-ended civic polls in seven municipalities will be placed during the meeting.

Shah had last visited Bengal in April, this year.

Ghosh criticised the state government for failure to tackle floods in Bengal and accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of trying to divert attention from her failure to tackle it.

“The entire north Bengal is suffering due to floods and the ministers are busy clicking photographs. The state government is trying to divert attention from its failure,” he said.

Ghosh said that the West Bengal government’s decision of not allowing immersion of Durga idols on the day of Muharram on October 1 constituted an attempt to divert attention from its failure in tackling floods.

“There is still a month left for Durga Puja. What prompted the state government to make such an announcement in such a hurry? The real reason is to divert attention from its failure to tackle floods,” he said.