Mithun Chakraborty on Sunday joined the Bhartiya Janta Party ahead of the West Bengal assembly elections. The popular Bengali and Bollywood actor Mithun joined BJP just before the commencement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally at the city’s Brigade Parade Ground.
The party’s state in-charge Kailash Vijayavargiya had met up with the star yesterday at his residence in the state capital’s Belgachia locality. Speculations were rife that Mithun Chakraborty would be present at the rally and join BJP.
Mithun Chakraborty joins BJP
“I have spoken with him (Mithun Chakraborty) over the telephone, he’s going to come today (to the rally). I will be able to make a comment only after a detailed discussion with him,” said Vijayvargiya.
Earlier, the state BJP vice president Arjun Singh had said that people of the state will be happy if the actor shares a stage with the prime minister. “If he joins, it will be good for both the party and the state. And if he shares the stage with PM Modi, then the people of Bengal will be happy,” Singh had said, reported Hindustan Times.
About PM Modi’s Rally at Kolkata Brigade Ground
This is likely to be the first of the Prime Minister’s 20-odd rallies across the state in the run-up to the polls, BJP sources informed ANI.
Over 1,500 CCTV cameras have been installed across the city for security purposes. Drone cameras will also be used to monitor the venue. The rally is expected to be attended by at least 7 lakh people, sources told ANI. Three main barricades have been strategically placed toward the main stage for security purpose. Barricades and a helipad has been created at the Race Course near the Brigade Ground.
Elections to West Bengal’s 294-seat Assembly are scheduled to be held in eight phases from March 27 to April 29 and the results will be declared on May 2.