The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will launch a month long Rath Yatra, ‘Save Democracy Rally,’ on the 10th of December.
Amit Shah, the BJP President, accompanied by Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, will inaugurate the Rath Yatra in Cooch Behar, North Bengal, on the 7th of December. They will spend a few days in West Bengal for the same.
Dilip Ghosh, the State BJP President, said, the motive of the Rally is to gain support for the BJP in Bengal, for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2019.
Dilip Ghosh said, “There will be thousands of people in the rally. The Trinamool Congress knows that it will backfire if they try to stop us.”
According to sources, the BJP’s agenda is to gain the votes of the Muslims, as 30 % population in Bengal is constituted by Muslims.
Mr. Ghosh said, “We have joined politics to win elections. In a State where Muslims are 30% of the population and in pockets (where) they are as big as 60-90%, we have to include them. We can’t do politics in West Bengal dropping Muslims.”
According to the Yatra leaflet, the main agenda is to focus on the National Registration on Citizen (NRC) launch and the passage of the Citizenship Bill, 2016, interpreted as anti Muslims.
A few BJP leaders are arguing about the focus of the Rally and suggested issues like liquor poisoning and dengue drive disease as the agenda. Despite such conflicts between the party leaders, the BJP will go with the launch of the NRC as the focus of the Yatra.
Some of the BJP leaders who will campaign in the ‘Save Democracy Rally’ are Yogi Adityanath, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Giriraj Singh, Nitin Gadkari and Uma Bharati.