Bharatiya Janata Party president J P Nadda arrived in West Bengal on Saturday to launch his party’s door-to-door rice collection programme aimed at wooing farmers, amid the ongoing protest in Delhi over the contentious agriculture laws.
He will reach out to the farmers of a village in Katwa during his day-long visit to the state.
This is Nadda’s first visit to West Bengal after the attack on his convoy during his journey to Diamond Harbour from Kolkata on December 10.
Nadda arrived at Andal airport at around 11.45 am and took a helicopter ride from there to reach Jagdanandpur village in Purba Bardhaman district, where he will first offer puja at a temple and then meet the farmers.
An elaborate security arrangement has been put in place across the district to prevent untoward incidents.
Nadda, in a bid to blunt opposition camp’s “anti-farmer” allegations against the BJP-led central government, will float Ek Muthi Chawal (a fistful of rice), a programme under which he would collect rice from farmers’ homes and brief them about the benefits of three new farm laws.
Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, are protesting at Delhi borders for over a month against the three laws.
The BJP chief will hold a roadshow from Clock Tower to Lord Curzon Gate in Burdwan and address a press conference too.