The BJP has decided to shift the venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in North 24 Parganas’ Thakurnagar, as the site where it was scheduled to be held has been booked by the Trinamool Congress.
The ground, where Modi was supposed to address the mega-gathering on February 2, has been booked by Mamata Banerjee’s party for a week-long religious programme.
According to BJP leaders, the venue was also not big enough and did not meet the security requirements.
“We will organise the rally on February 2 at Thakurnagar but the land or the venue where we were supposed to organise it has been changed and it has been shifted to another a nearby ground,” BJP state president Dilip Ghosh told agencies.
“It has been done mainly due to two reasons — the new ground is much bigger than the previous one and secondly TMC had already booked the previous venue for the religious programme. So we didn’t want to take any risk,” he said.
The Special Protection Group, which guards the prime minister, was also not happy with the previous venue as it did not meet the security requirements, Ghosh said.
The BJP-aligned faction of All India Matua Mahasangha is organising the rally. Modi’s proposed rally is of immense political significance as the area is known as the hub of Matua community and is near the house of its matriarch Binapani Debi.
Ghosh alleged, “Whenever we try to organise any rally, the TMC tries to create hurdles. This time too there has been no difference. So we decided not to take any chance.”
The Trinamool Congress denied the charge and called the allegation “baseless”.