The BJP has suddenly cancelled party’s proposed rally to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 8. This rally was planned at the Brigade Parade Ground, the historic protest ground in Kolkata.
However, Modi will address a public meeting in Asansol on the same day. According to BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, Prime Minister will initially attend three rallies in West Bengal, starting next week.
The Kolkata rally was said to be cancelled by Prime Minister after getting feedback from the intelligence agencies on the massive turn-out at the Mamata Banerjee-led opposition rally, held at the same ground last Sunday.
Fearing that it would be difficult for the BJP to mobilise people in such a large number, it is learnt that PMO sources only advised to put off the proposal. It may be recalled that about 25 leaders of opposition leaders had attended Mamata’s rally, which was seen as an effort to unite non-BJP parties, ahead of Lok Sabha polls.
Ghosh admitted that they (BJP high command) has asked them to hold public meetings in districts because a Brigade rally cannot be organised under the present circumstances, and at such short notice.