Narendra Modi to address 2 rallies in Bengal after Pujas

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Kolkata, Sept 17: The West Bengal BJP will kick off the campaign for the Lok Sabha elections after the Durga Puja, a report published in a Bengali daily said on Tuesday. The party's prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, will campaign in the state to improve its electoral performance, state party chief Rahul Sinha said on Tuesday. The BJP has just one Lok Sabha member from West Bengal, which sends 42 legislators to the Lower House of the Parliament.

Sinha said Modi will address two rallies in the state although the details have not been finalised yet, the report quoted him.

According to the report, BJP president Rajnath Singh along with party in-charge Varun Gandhi and spokesperson Siddharth Nath Singh will also visit the state ahead of Modi's visit to take stock of the preparation for the important polls.

The BJP is keen to take the Modi effect to states where it hasn't been powerful

Rajnath and Gandhi will address a party meeting at Mahajati Sadan here on September 30, flagging off the preparation for the polls. The party president will also take part in a programme of the Indian Chamber of Commerce on that day, the report added.

Modi addressed his first rally as the BJP's PM candidate at Rewari in Haryana on Sunday, two days after his anointment. The BJP leadership is aiming to take the Modi effect to distant parts of the country, where the party is traditionally not a big power.

The state party leadership will also meet under Varun Gandhi in end September to chalk out the party's poll planning.

Gandhi slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee a few days ago during his visit to the state even though Modi, during his addressing a business meet in the city earlier this year, had taken a soft stand.

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