BJP identifies two grounds in Old Malda for PM’s public rally

Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR
Malda
4 Dec 2018

District BJP leaders have identified two large fields in Old Malda as the venue of public meeting of  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 28. While one of the grounds is under possession of ministry of human resources development, the other adjacent to NH-34 is occupied by the Reliance group.   
Sanjit Mishra, district BJP president said, “There would be unprecedented turnout at the PM’s meeting. We believe that 4 – 5 lakh people of Malda and neighbouring districts would gather to listen to Modiji. Hence, we had to find a large ground that can accommodate such a huge crowd.”
He added: “The grounds in English Bazaar cannot accommodate more than 50000 people together. So, we are searching for much bigger grounds in other blocks,” he said.
Political sources say BJP  chose those two grounds because in case of other grounds where the state government has got some control it could have raise objections citing different reasons. “But no objection can be raised for these two grounds as one is under custody of the central government run institute and the other one is a private ground,” a BJP leader said.
Malda BJP leadership unlike their counterparts in other districts has not yet alleged non-cooperation from district police and civil administrations regarding the PM’s proposed meeting in Malda.
“Senior police officials have already got confirmation of the Prime Minister’s meeting. We have informed police that many senior national leaders of BJP would also be present at the Prime Minister’s meeting. Police officials are in touch with us as the security would be entirely their responsibility. We are satisfied by the role of district police so far,” Mishra said.
District BJP president also said that the ‘Save Democracy Chariot’ that would commence journey from Cooch Behar on December 7 is likely to enter Malda from south Dinajpur on December 24.
“The chariot would move across the district and we would hold public meetings at major junctions where respectable personalities would be invited and felicitated,” Mishra said.