New Delhi: As West Bengal gears up for the five-day Durga Puja celebrations amid novel coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing the people of the state virtually on Thursday (October 22).

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit in Bengal has made elaborate arrangements for the live streaming of PM's address in all the 294 Assembly constituencies of the state.

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, PM Modi called Durga Puja “an auspicious occasion, which celebrates the victory of good over evil”. “Durga Puja is an auspicious occasion, which celebrates the victory of good over evil. We pray to Maa Durga to bless us with strength, happiness and good health,” he tweeted.

He added that he would join the celebrations via video conferencing and also extend his greetings to everyone. “Sisters and brothers of West Bengal, Tomorrow, on the auspicious day of Maa Durga Pujo’s Mahashashti, I would join the Divine celebrations via video conferencing and shall also be extending my greetings to everyone. Do join the programme live!” he also tweeted.

The BJP has made arrangements across the state for more than 25 party workers and voters to watch the address in each of the over 78,000 polling booths while adhering to social distancing norms.

Assembly elections are due in West Bengal next year. The BJP has emerged as a strong rival in the state against the ruling Trinamool Congress. The BJP is confident that it will end Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s 10-year rule in the next election. In the last Lok Sabha election, the BJP won 18 seats in the state, while the Trinamool Congress won 22 seats.