Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the people of West Bengal on the occasion of Durga Puja to be held later this month.

Not only that, Union home minister Amit Shah will visit the state most likely ahead of the festival, lending their might to the West Bengal BJP which has been intensifying its campaign against the Mamata Banerjee government with an eye on the next Assembly elections.

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The BJP has high hopes in the state of West Bengal where it won 18 of the 42 seats in the Lok Sabha elections held last year.    

State BJP president Dilip Ghosh had said a few days ago that the party's Bengal unit will request the prime minister to deliver a message to the people asking them to follow the COVID-19 regulations during the coming Durga Puja.

BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver a virtual address to the people of the state on the auspicious occasion of Durga Puja. He will connect with the people virtually on October 22.”

The state government has announced various restrictions for public celebrations of the Puja in view of COVID.

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Mamata Banerjee has also announced that she will inaugurate Durga Puja at various places virtually. On Monday (October 12), she said that the state is in the grip of community transmission of the pandemic.   

The chief minister said, “Everyone should follow the Covid-19 safety protocols during the festive season. Instances of community transmission of Covid-19 have been reported and the virus is also becoming airborne. People should avoid venturing out unnecessarily and keep shopping to a minimum.”