Kolkata, Sep 12 : Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP's working president J P Nadda are expected to visit West Bengal during Durga Puja festivals this month end as the saffron camp has been flooded with requests from the big budget community pujas for the presence of Mr Shah during unveiling of images.
However, the dates of Mr Shah's visit have not been fixed yet, party sources hinted.
They said Jagat Prakash Nadda is expected here on September 27/28 for a series of meetings with party leaders and workers as well as to address a seminar on abrogation of Article 370 and 35 A in Jammu and Kashmir and formation of union territories there.
State party leaders Dilip Ghosh, Mukul Roy, Rahul Sinha among others recently visited Delhi and held talks with Mr Shah and informed him that many organisers in West Bengal wanted him to be present during unveiling of images of Durga idols.
While Mahalaya is on September 28, puja starts on October 5. But, nowadays the community or Baroari pujo starts even a week before.
The central leadership told the state leaders to launch a new membership drive in this metropolis and its surrounding areas with an eye on 2021 Assembly elections.
BJP had won 18 parliament seats out of 42 in 2019 Lok Sabha poll with sweeping majority in north Bengal.
Ruling TMC was reduced to 22 from 34 and Congress won 2, a slump from 4 in 2014. (UNI)