Asansol: Twenty-eight years since Lal Krishna Advani’s Ram Rath Yatra had catapulted BJP to the center-stage of Indian politics, the saffron party has now decided to embark on another Rath Yatra to occupy the power seat in Bengal.
Other than Odisha, which shares an undeclared bonhomie with BJP, Bengal is the only state in eastern India that has so far managed to be out of the party’s clutches.
A two-day meeting of Bengal BJP state committee that concluded at Asansol today in the presence of several central leadership of the party, it has been decided that BJP will embark on a Save Democracy Rath Yatra in Bengal from December.
Sources in BJP have informed that in all three chariots will hit the road from Cooch Behar, Birbhum, and Ganga Sagar simultaneously in the second week of December. They chariots will cover all the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in Bengal in the course of a 40-day Yatra highlighting Trinamool’s alleged murder of democracy in the state and assuring people to end the terror for once and all of they voted for BJP.
At the end of the Yatra, the three chariots will be converged at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata on 23 January, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public gathering on that day.
Interestingly, the rally has been scheduled four days after the Trinamool’s proposed rally at the same venue wherein Mamata Banerjee has decided to kick-start the campaign for 2019 Lok Sabha elections in the presence of top leadership of all the anti-BJP political parties.
Without divulging the details of the Rath Yatra plan, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said: “After Durga Puja, we will give Trinamool a run on its political gimmicks,” he said. The Durga Puja this year is scheduled for 15-19 October.