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Friday , May 30 , 2014
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FB bridge between state and Modi

Calcutta, May 29: The Bengal BJP has taken to Facebook to build a bridge between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the people of Bengal.

The state unit of the BJP has launched an online campaign through a post on its Facebook page titled “What Bengal Wants from Modi”, inviting comments on the needs and aspirations of the people of the state.

“We want to engage the people of Bengal through the social media and seek their opinion on what should be the state’s priority. We want to reach out to the people with our development agenda, which was Modiji’s focus on his campaign trail,” a senior BJP leader said.

In the five days since the Facebook campaign was launched, more than 600 comments have poured in. Many people have called for another “paribartan (change)” in Bengal with the BJP at the helm, a CBI probe into the Saradha default scam and focus on industries and infrastructure.

The BJP is planning to prepare a report based on the suggestions and submit it to Modi.

According to BJP sources, the online campaign will run parallel to “movements on the streets” against the state government. The BJP is eyeing the principal Opposition’s space and throw a challenge to the Trinamul Congress in the 2015 civic polls and the 2016 Assembly elections.

The BJP today hit the streets against the “attack” on party supporters in North 24-Parganas’ Sandeshkhali in which 13 persons suffered bullet injuries.

“From July, we will start reaching out to people and tell them what the BJP wants from them to achieve its target in 2016. We are also working towards building our party’s organisation before the civic polls,” said Rahul Sinha, the state BJP president.

Attack on BJP

Six BJP workers were today injured in Durgapur when suspected Trinamul activists hurled stones at a bus in which they were returning after organising a demonstration against the Sandeshkhali attack.

An hour later, some BJP workers were allegedly beaten up with sticks by suspected Trinamul activists inside the Laodoha police station complex, where they had gone to lodge an FIR on the stone attack.

Trinamul denied both the allegations.