Narendra Modi in West Bengal LIVE updates: PM to address farmers’ rally in Midnapore

Narendra Modi in West Bengal LIVE updates: During the rally, PM Modi is expected to detail how farmers have benefitted following the Union government’s decision to ensure 150 per cent MSP for farmers for their Kharif crops.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a Krishak Kalyan Samavesh (farmer’s welfare rally) in West Midnapore district of West Bengal on Monday afternoon. During the rally, the Prime Minister is expected to detail how farmers have benefitted following the Union government’s decision to ensure 150 per cent MSP for farmers for their Kharif crops. PM Modi has left for the state and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been trying to draw huge crowds to its farmers’ rally.

Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) has also announced a counter-rally on the same grounds, a few days after Modi’s speech, and has already put up large cutouts and banners of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee all across the town. Following this, state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said, “Generally, the opposition parties organise counter-rallies. But in the case of West Bengal, it is just the opposite —the ruling party will be holding counter-rallies. It is good that the Trinamool is following us wherever we go.”

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A lane in Midnapore town, full of posters and flags on Sunday, ahead of the rally. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

For its counter-rally, the TMC has also tentatively set the date which is August 9. Focussing on the area around the Midnapore College ground, the ruling party has already packed the two sides of the approach road with pictures of Mamata Banerjee in addition to party flags flexes and festoons.

However, local Trinamool leader Dinen Roy said, “Nothing had been finalised yet. But in the previous years, we have seen that our leaders have attended rallies which were organised on August 9. The chief minister is expected to announce the programme from the martyrs’ rally on July 21 in Kolkata and we will follow her instructions.”

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