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Modi Set to Arrive in Bengal Today for Two-Day Visit

Modi Set to Arrive in Bengal Today for Two-Day Visit

On Thursday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee indirectly criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi, insinuating that certain individuals tend to show up in Bengal when elections draw near.

Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to arrive in West Bengal for a two-day visit starting Friday. During his visit, he will address rallies in Arambagh and Krishnanagar and inaugurate projects valued at ₹22,000 crore.

In Krishnanagar, Modi will speak at an assembly segment previously won by Mukul Roy, who switched from the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2021. Madhusudan Bag of the BJP represents Arambagh in the assembly. Notably, Aparupa Poddar of the TMC secured the Arambagh Lok Sabha seat in 2019, despite the BJP’s significant gains in the state.

The BJP aims to win 35 seats in Bengal, including Krishnanagar. Mahua Moitra of the TMC, who won the Krishnanagar seat in 2019, faces competition from the BJP’s Satyabrata Mookerjee, a former Union minister who previously held the seat in 1999.

Samik Bhattacharya, a BJP leader, anticipates that the Prime Minister will emphasize the importance of a corruption-free society and the revitalization of industries in Bengal during his address.

In a veiled swipe at Modi during an event in Jhargram on Thursday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee remarked, “Some individuals suddenly appear in Bengal when elections approach. They make grand promises that are seldom fulfilled. If they [BJP] come into power, the cost of cooking gas will skyrocket.”

Prime Minister Modi to Unveil Numerous Development projects During Two-Day Tour of Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Bihar

Modi’s visit follows Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement on February 10, asserting that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) will be enforced before the Lok Sabha elections.

The CAA, passed in 2019, aims to expedite citizenship for non-Muslims who migrated from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh before 2015. However, the TMC has vehemently opposed the CAA, labeling it unconstitutional for linking citizenship to religion in a secular nation.

Bengal boasts a significant scheduled caste population, including Namasudras who migrated from Bangladesh. The BJP has been actively courting this community in recent elections.

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