Midnight Meet: Amit Shah holds crucial talks with West Bengal BJP leaders

Union Home minister held a late-night meeting with the party’s state president Sukanta Majumdar and Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari at his residence

| Updated: 26 July, 2023 6:16 pm IST
West Bengal BJP leaders Suvendu Adhikari and Sukanta Majumdar met HM Amit Shah late on Tuesday night

KOLKATA: Union Home minister Amit Shah engaged in a significant late-night meeting with prominent West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, Suvendu Adhikari and Sukanta Majumdar, on Tuesday.

The scheduled 10 pm meeting commenced close to 11 pm and extended until midnight, reflecting the importance of the discussions.

Interestingly, the meeting was held hours before the BJP fact-finding committee submitted its report on West Bengal panchayat election violence to party national president JP Nadda.

Sources reveal to The New Indian that Adhikari and Majumdar submitted a comprehensive report to the central leadership, focusing on the prevailing law and order situation in the state, based on the recently concluded panchayat election results.

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The report reportedly includes data on the number of fatalities, instances of recovered bombs, violence against women, and various other documents about the panchayat polls. These details were shared by top party insiders, highlighting the concerns raised by the main opposition party in West Bengal.

While there is no official confirmation, speculations suggest that the meeting may have touched upon the 2024 general election, with a particular focus on Bengal’s perspective. During his earlier visit, HM Shah had requested 35 parliamentary seats from West Bengal for the BJP, a significant increase from the 18 seats the party secured in the 2019 general elections. The state boasts a total of 42 parliamentary seats.

This visit to Delhi marked Adhikari’s first appearance after the West Bengal panchayat election, as he returned to Kolkata from Delhi just a day before rushing back for the meeting.

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The discussions with Home Minister Shah reportedly took place in two phases. The first phase centred on the law-and-order situation in the state, addressing the pressing concerns of violence and unrest. In the second phase, the focus shifted to the organisational scenario within the BJP in West Bengal.

Amid these deliberations, there was a brief but noteworthy discussion on the prospects of the 2024 general election.

Meanwhile, in a separate development, the Calcutta high court has issued an order requesting the extension of central forces’ deployment in Bengal for an additional 10 days. This decision aims to ensure continued security and stability in the state following the recent panchayat elections.

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