In a bid to strengthen Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) campaign ahead of the 2021 West Bengal Assembly elections, Union Home Minister Amit Shah reached Kolkata at around 1 am on Saturday for his two-day visit to the state. On Sunday, Shah commenced the second day of his two-day visit to West Bengal. Shah first visited Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan, where he paid homage to Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore on the university campus.
Shah later held a roadshow in Bolpur town in Birbhum district. Huge cutouts of Shah, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP leaders Mukul Roy and others were put in Bolpur-Santiniketan Road where Shah participated in a roadshow.
The entire stretch from Daakbungalow More to Chowrasta in Bolpur-Santiniketan Road was decked in BJP party flags. A huge contingent of policemen along with central forces was deployed as part of security arrangements.
Amit Shah in West Bengal: Highlights
6:00 pm: We will win over 200 seats in Bengal and form government, says Amit Shah
5:55 pm: Political violence is at its peak in Bengal. More than 300 BJP workers have been killed and there has been no progress in investigation of the deaths: Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah
5:48 pm: I want to tell all TMC leaders that they must not be under the wrong impression that the BJP will stop with such attacks. We will work to establish our base in West Bengal, Amit Shah says
5:43 pm: The way TMC workers attacked our national president during his Bengal tour, BJP condemns it and I condemn it too personally. BJP believes that in a democracy everyone should have the right to voice their views, says Amit Shah
4:10 pm: This roadshow shows the anger of Bengal's public towards Mamata didi, Amit Shah says
4:05 pm: We will fulfil the 'Sonar Bangla' dream in 5 years, says Amit Shah
4:00 pm: I haven't seen a roadshow like this in my life. This roadshow shows love and trust of people of Bengal towards PM Narendra Modi. People of Bengal want change: Union Home Minister tells people in Bolpur
3:35 pm: Visuals from Amit Shah's roadshow in Bolpur.
3:18 pm: Amit Shah holds a roadshow in Bolpur, Birbhum.
3:00 pm: My privilege to pay my tributes to Tagore at Vishwa Bharti: Amit Shah
2:40 pm: Amit Shah is scheduled to hold a meeting with Viswab-Bharati University vice-chancellor Bidyut Chakraborty and members of the faculty.
2:30 pm: Amit Shah & other party leaders including Mukul Roy & Dilip Ghosh having lunch at the residence of a Baul singer at Bolpur, Birbhum district.
1:20 pm: Bengal BJP MP Locket Chatterjee on Twitter: Saffron wave in Bolpur
12: 30 pm: Union Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah at a cultural programme at Visva-Bharati University in Shantiniketan, Birbhum. Shah is on a two-day visit to West Bengal, which will conclude today.
12:20 pm: Amit Shah paid floral tributes to Rabindranath Tagore at Rabindra-Bhavana, Shantiniketan, Birbhum.
12:00 pm: Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah reached Birbhum, West Bengal on Sunday. He is scheduled to visit Visva-Bharati University in the district later today.
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Shah, who arrived in the state early on Saturday, visited the birthplace of Swami Vivekananda in north Kolkata. He paid tribute to Vivekananda, hailing him for taking Indian’s culture and ethos to the world. He also addressed a public rally at Midnapore College Ground in Paschim Medinipur, where 11 MLAs, a member of Parliament and a former MP joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).