Aiming to reach out to farmersahead of the upcoming assembly elections in West Bengal, BJPchief J P Nadda on Saturday collected fistfuls of rice fromfive farmers households in Purba Barddhaman district.
The BJPs Chal Songroho (rice collection) driveunder its Krishak Suraksha Abhiyan was conducted inJagadanandapur village in Katwa.
Accompanied by West Bengal BJP leaders including thepartys state unit chief Dilip Ghosh, Nadda spoke with farmersto know about their condition and pasted posters of thecampaign on the walls of their houses as women blew conchshells.
“We are happy that he visited our houses and atesweets offered by us. He took one fistful of rice from eachhousehold and put them in his jhola (bag),” local residentAparna Mondal told reporters.
Nadda then had lunch in the kuccha house of anotherfarmer Mathura Mondal.
The BJP chief had a Bengali vegetarian meal comprisingshukto, shak bhaja, fried brinjals, crispy potato fries,chutney and payesh, cooked by Mondals wife.
“We are happy that such a big person had lunch at ourhome,” she said.
Earlier in the day, Nadda began his day-long visit tothe state by offering puja at Katwas centuries-old RadhaGobinda temple, which is revered by locals.
He was greeted by women dhakis near the templesmain gate.
Nadda and Ghosh spent some time inside the temple,while police cordoned off the premises as BJP supportersgathered there to have a glimpse of their party chief.
Elections to the 294-member West Bengal assembly aredue in April-May.
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