Union Minister of State for Ports Shantanu Thakur laid the foundation stone for a cruise terminal here on Friday, which is expected to give a big boost to tourism in North Coastal Andhra.
BJP workers had assembled at Birati as part of the party's "Shahid Samman Yatra" in West Bengal.
BJP did not do well in the recent Assembly polls. But around half of the 77 seats they won came from north Bengal and SC-dominated regions.
It was a family feud that brought Shantanu Thakur into politics and now he is one of the most influential leaders of the politically-crucial Matua community.