News Frontliner Web Desk, 1 February 2019: BJP leaders here in Durgapur-Asansol is leaving no stone unturned to fill up the Nehru Stadium, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public rally tomorrow (February 2) with an eye on the upcoming Lok Sabha election in May this year.
The industrial town of Durgapur has been decorated with BJP’s flag, festoons welcoming Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders. The meeting will take place in the Nehru Stadium which belongs to the Navaratna PSU Steel Authority of India Limited’s Durgapur Steel Plant.
Security has been beefed up in the town of Durgapur and adjoining areas ahead of PM Modi’s visit. Helicopters were seen making rounds in Durgapur sky yesterday. Special Protection Group (SPG) IG Amit Kumblay and PM’s personal security officials has already visited the rally site.
Prime Minister’s Durgapur rally is being viewed as an attempt by the BJP to woo the Hindi speaking population of the town which is known for its cosmopolitan culture. In the 2014 Lok Sabha election BJP managed to register win in Asansol Lok Sabha constituency which has a Hindi speaking population to the tune of 45 per cent.
Buoyed by its success in finishing close second in many Panchayats of Paschim Bardhaman, BJP leaders are hopeful of success in Durgapur Lok Sabha constituency for the upcoming General election with support from the Hindi speaking masses living here.
Paschim Bardhaman’s Working President of Trinamool Congress, Uttam Mukhopadhyay has alleged that BJP is trying to garner credit from the peoples’ movement which stalled the disinvestment process in Alloy Steels Plant of Durgapur. CITU Paschim Bardhaman General Secretary Bangshagopal Chowdhury said, “we are hopeful that PM will declare new investment in both Ally Steels Plant and Durgapur Steel Plant for modernisation and capacity augmentation. We also feel that Modiji will also speak positive words of reviving the Hindustan Fertilizer Corporation.”