Bhattacharya, from Nadia's Santipur constituency, arrived in Delhi earlier today and met BJP's national general secretary and in-charge of West Bengal Kailash Vijayvargiya.
The 1.8 crore-strong Matua community has a direct impact on almost 70 Assembly seats in Bengal. Once with the Trinamool, they shifted their allegiance to the BJP in 2019.
The TMC turncoat said that the final decision to field candidates will be taken by the BJP leadership after thorough discussion and not in an arbitrary way like in the ruling TMC.
Addressing a rally here, Banerjee said that she is not worried about those jumping to other parties as when TMC was formed none of them were there, in a reference to rebels who have joined BJP.
State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury, following the meeting, said talks on seat-sharing between the two sides are likely to conclude by the end of the month.
Attempt to keep party intact in the face of influx from TMC cadre
The ECI may announce the election schedule in mid-February, keeping in mind the Covid-19 pandemic situation.
Politics is botany in West Bengal. A political garden war is on between two distinct floral species: the blooming lotus versus two leaves and flower clinging to its grassroots.
JP Nadda asserted that the provisions in the Union budget for agriculture and benefits for farmers have been raised manifold under the Narendra Modi government.
The BJP chief will hold a roadshow from Burdwan Clock Tower to Lord Curzon Gate in Burdwan and address a press conference too.
Senior TMC MP and party spokesperson Dr Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar also charged the BJP with seeking to cling to power by "killing people, instigating riots and dividing people".
The entry of AIMIM and Asaduddin Owaisi's alliance with Abbas is said to be aimed at chipping away at the minority vote share of the TMC.
The Matuas have been insisting that Shah visit their headquarters and let them know by when their demands for citizenship can be met.
Banerjee, however, asserted that said she would never allow the implementation of the three farm laws, which have sparked protests across the country.
Alternative policies needed to foil BJP, TMC efforts to turn Bengal polls bipolar event: Sitaram Yechury
Yechury said that in order to maintain a democratic and secular system, it is imperative to keep the BJP away from the power and defeat it in the elections.