West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar will call on Union Home Minister Amit Shah on October 29 in New Delhi.

Jagdeep Dhankhar, from his official Twitter account wrote: “West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar would be on an official visit to Delhi from Oct 28-30. Governor Dhankhar leaves for Delhi on evening of Oct 28 and returns to Kolkata on Oct 30. His engagements include calling on the Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah on Oct 29.”

The visit is being seen as politically significant as Dhankhar is expected to submit reports on the law and order situation of the state. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bengal has been alleging about “deteriorating” law and order conditions in the state. Dhankhar himself has been vocal on Twitter talking about the law and order situation in Bengal.

BJP chief JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah are expected to be in West Bengal in November. To plan these upcoming programmes, the state BJP leadership met on Wednesday in Kolkata. During Shah’s visit, two such public meetings – both virtually – may be held. Shah is likely to meet the top leadership in person.

After the Bihar elections, West Bengal Assembly election is a priority area for the BJP, and the top national leadership is expected to take keen interest in the coming programmes for the state, and will make multiple visits to West Bengal in the coming months. In the opposition in Bengal, the BJP is fighting 2021 to try to wrest power from the Trinamool Congress.

Earlier this month, Shah said on a TV interview that the law and order situation in West Bengal is “worrying” and the demand by his party leaders demanding President’s rule in the state is justified (wajib). He had said that the Centre would view the situation and take a decision.

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