BJP's youngest National Secretary Tejasvi Surya is flying into Kolkata tonight to join the Bengal unit's protest march to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's office tomorrow. BJP leaders have promised 2 lakh supporters on the streets who will make their way to Howrah where the office is located, this with an eye on assembly elections 2021 in which the BJP hopes to make a decisive impact.
"Nomoshhkar Bengal," Mr Surya said in a video he tweeted this evening.
"Let's raise some dust, let's go to Nabanna on the 8th," he said, adding, "In the land of Swami Vivekananda, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and SP Mookerjee, the Mamata Banerjee government has unleashed corruption and terror. Democracy is being murdered every day in Bengal. Those raising their voice against terror, corruption and unemployment are killed. Till now, more than 110 political workers have been killed in Bengal."
The youth leader is expected to land in Kolkata at 9:30 pm and, a BJP notice says, address a press meet at 10:30 pm.
The BJP's Bengal unit is pulling out all the stops to make a success of what will be a four-pronged march to Nabanna - the state's secretariat. Besides Tejasvi Surya, national BJP leaders Kailash Vijayvargiya and Mukul Roy will be part of the Nabanna Gherao Campaign.
Preparations are on for the protest in full swing with the momentum boosted by the agitation over the gunning down of Barrackpore BJP leader Manish Shukla on Sunday.
Three people have been arrested for the murder. At least one of them is allegedly linked to the Trinamool Congress while two others named in the FIR - filed on the basis of a complaint filed by Mr Shukla's family - are Trinamool councillors. Mr Surya has condoled the death of Shukla and said, "No sacrifice will go in vain."
On Tuesday, BJP spokesman and former MLA, Samik Bhattacharya, was also attacked 50 km from Kolkata while he was on his way to the Diamond Harbour. He was assaulted and the windscreen of his car was smashed, allegedly by Trinamool supporters.
In view of the BJP rally, the police is making their arrangements in place in Kolkata and Howrah. Prohibitory orders are always in place around Nabanna. Now barricades will be put up to ensure crowds don't reach anywhere near Ms Banerjee's office. Water cannons are also likely to be deployed and police armed with tear gas.
While BJP state chief Dilip Ghosh will lead a march from the party office in Central Kolkata, Mr Vijayvargiya and Mr Roy will join the rally from Hastings - on the Kolkata side of the Hooghly river - to march to Nabanna which is on the Howrah side of the river.
Mr Surya will join the march with MP Saumitra Khan from Howrah, crossing the iconic bridge into Kolkata, march through the city and cross the river to reach Nabanna.
A fourth rally with several top leaders will march from Satragachi.