No PM has ever visited Assam’s historic Dhekiajuli where 13 died during the Quit India movement.

Kolkata/Guwahati:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today visit the poll-bound states of West Bengal and Assam, the second time in a little over two weeks. He was in Kolkata on January 23 to mark Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary, Parakram Diwas, and on the same day visited Sibsagar district to hand out land ownership titles to over a lakh indigenous people of the northeastern state.

In Assam’s Sonitpur District, he will lay the foundation stone of two medical colleges and launch “Asom Mala”, a highways-and-roads project. The two medical colleges and hospitals are being set up at Biswanath and Charaideo at a total estimated project cost of over Rs 1,100 crores, according to ANI.

The meeting venue of Sonitpur’s Dhekiajuli in Assam is significant since no Prime Minister has ever visited the historic place where, during the British Raj, 13 persons were martyred during the Quit India movement.

Later, in Haldia, West Bengal, the Prime Minister will inaugurate four oil and gas projects worth Rs 4,700 crore.

The function is likely to be tracked for possible political developments, too. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is said to have excused herself from the event, according to sources. Since a number of other Trinamool leaders, too, have been invited to today’s event, the list of final attendees is expected to send out political signals, too.

Among those invited, senior Trinamool MP Sisir Adhikari is reported to have also excused himself. He is the father of former minister Suvendu Adhikari who joined the BJP in December. MP Dibyendu Adhikari, the brother of the breakaway leader, may attend the event, sparking speculation over his following his brother’s footsteps.

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On January 23, during the Parakram Diwas celebrations in Kolkata, a section of BJP supporters had raised the “Jai Shri Ram” slogan as the Chief Minister addressed the gathering, prompting her to cut short her speech and reprimand those who created the disturbance.

The Prime Minister will also address his first election rally in the run-up to the state polls in Haldia, which is in East Midnapur district, the stronghold of Suvendu Adhikari.  

Assam and West Bengal are scheduled to go to polls in April-May.



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