KOLKATA: The Bhartiya Janta Party in West Bengal has demanded that the BJP chief Amit Shah should contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Kolkata.

Regarding this, Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said, “It will dramatically change the political atmosphere in the state. If Mr Narendra Modi can contest from Puri, why not Mr Shah from Kolkata? Remember what happened in Uttar Pradesh after Mr Modi stood from Varanasi? I hope our message will be conveyed to Mr Shah. I am sure he will give it the most serious consideration. After all, Bengal is very important for the BJP in this election,” he added.

Mr Ghosh conveyed that though there is nothing official about Mr Shah’s candidature from Kolkata or Mr Modi’s from Puri but it is the wish of the party workers of the state that the BJP president should contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Kolkata. Mr Ghosh also informed that the desire of the party workers has also been conveyed to central ‘karyakartas’ who recently visited Kolkata.

BJP Chief Amit Shah, a few months ago set a target for the party in Bengal which as of now has only 2 seats out of 42 Lok Sabha seats. As per the target that was set by the party chief, BJP should have at least 22 seats or 50 per cent in the Lok Sabha.

Keeping Shah’s target by its side, Bhartiya Janta Party is planning to come up with three ‘rath yatras’ in the state regarding the campaigning of the party in West Bengal. As per the recent news sources, the three ‘rath yatras’ will be organized in different parts of the state Bengal in the first week of December

The ‘rath yatras’ are said to be flagged on December 5, 7 and 9  from Tarapith in Birbhum district, Cooch Behar district and Sagar in South 24 Parganas district respectively.

“No, they won’t be raths exactly but tableaus of our (central) government’s achievements and the failures of the Mamata Banerjee government. We are calling them ‘save democracy yatras’ because there is no democracy in the state. We have applied for police permission but have not heard back from them yet,” Mr Ghosh said.