BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: There were less people who started to board the vehicles for Amit Shah’s rally on Sunday, compared to the number of people who thronged Narendra Modi’s rally just before the Lok Sabha elections last year. Many people think that BJP supporters in Bengal are dwindling in numbers.
Most of the vehicles that can carry at least 50 people didn’t even have 25 people on them and some even worse. It was shocking for BJP supporter Shantanu Bhattacharya; a resident of Pailan area who saw just six persons had come in a matador van to attend the rally from South 24 Parganas. He said, “Last time when I came for Modi’s rally, there were at least 800 vehicles that came from our district all packed with people. But this time, there are very less people who came to join the rally with less numbers of vehicles.”
Those who had started early in the morning to make sure that they secure a parking for their public vehicle, were disappointed to see that the parking area that was allotted was not even filled up even as the rally came to an end.
Dipankar Aich, a mini door driver said that during Modi’s rally, all the 65 vehicles in their stand were booked. But this time the party workers booked only 13 vehicles and even bargained for the fare rate which was not done before.
He said, “We were worried whether we will get a parking near the rally site. First we thought that most vehicles have not reached and are on their way. We asked everyone to return from the rally soon after it gets over so that we can make our way out easily. But, it was shocking to see that the parking area was not filled up this time and the number of people was very less. May be people are losing interest in the saffron party.”