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Modi to address farmers rally at Midnapore in Mamata ruled-West Bengal

7/16/2018

New Delhi, Stepping up its campaign in West Bengal especially eying to consolidate the gains it made in recent panchayat polls, the BJP is organising a farmers' rally at at Midnapore town in West Bengal. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the farmers rally and is likely to largely focus on the Centre's recent decision to increase the MSP of Kharif crops. Prime Minister's rally will come about 49 years later when the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi last addressed a rally at West Bengal's rural Midnapore town, the district headquarters of West Midnapore district. Prime Minister's visit is also significant as the region also falls under onetime Naxal-hit Jangalmahal area.West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh has said, the party workers felicitate Prime Minister for the cabinet decision bring in an unprecedented increase in the MSP rates. Politically, BJP has emerged as number two in the Trinamool Congress-ruled state surpassing the Left and the Congress as 'reflected' in the recent Panchayat polls. Prime Minister's rally at Midnapore will within two weeks after BJP president Amit Shah addressed a mega rally in Purulia district on June 29. From its present strength of only two Lok Sabha seats from West Bengal, BJP has set an ambitious target of 22 to win from the state in the next general elections. Prime Minister has recently addressed a series of public meetings focusing on agrarian issues in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. BJP recorded huge gains in panchayat polls in tribal-dominated regions in West Midnapore, Jhargram and Purulia prompting party leaders in the state to claim that already "seeds of change" have been sown in rural Bengal. Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has also adopted more aggressive stance lately against the Narendra Modi government on various governance related issues.

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