Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday had lunch at the house of a farmer in West Bengal's Paschim Medinipur district as part of his exercise to strengthen relations with the agriculturists ahead of the Assembly elections in the state. Shah's move assumes significance in the wake of the ongoing farmers' protests in Delhi against the three farm laws.
Shah, who is on a two-day visit to West Bengal to take stock of the BJP's affairs in the state, arrived here on Saturday and offered puja at a local temple. Then, the union minister went to the residence of Sanatan Singh at Balijhuri and had lunch there, sitting on the floor of the thatched house.
মেদিনীপুরের (পশ্চিমবঙ্গ) বেলিজুড়ি গ্রামে শ্রী ঝুনু সিং এবং শ্রী সনাতন সিং মহাশয়ের গৃহে সুস্বাদু মধ্যাহ্নভোজনের ব্যবস্থা ছিল। তাদের পরিবারের পক্ষ থেকে এইরকম গভীর ভালোবাসা, স্নেহ আর উষ্ণ অভ্যর্থনা পেয়ে আমি আপ্লুত। এত সুন্দর আতিথেয়তার জন্য আমি সর্বদাই তাদের কাছে কৃতজ্ঞ থাকব। pic.twitter.com/tEx2qMVYoz — Amit Shah (@AmitShah) December 19, 2020
"Delicious lunch was arranged at the house of Shri Jhunu Singh and Shri Sanatan Singh Mahasaya in Belijuri village of Midnapore (West Bengal). I am overwhelmed to receive such deep love, affection and warm welcome from their family. I will always be grateful to them for such wonderful hospitality," he tweeted in Bangla.
Shah was accompanied by BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, BJP national vice-president Mukul Roy and state party chief Dilip Ghosh. It was a vegetarian platter of Bengali delicacies, served on a banana leaf by the women family members of Singh.
Shah and other guests, who sat on the floor of the verandah of the two-storey thatched house with tinned roof, had 'saak bhaja', 'lou daal', 'shukto' (mixed veg stew which is slightly bitter), 'phulkopi tarkari'(cauliflower curry), 'posto' (potato cooked in poppy seed paste) and 'tok doi'. Earlier, the union minister and other BJP leaders were greeted by ululating and blowing of conch shells by the women members of the household, including Singh's wife.
Tight security arrangements were made and members of the media and other party leaders were kept outside the house, and Shah's security personnel checked the premises repeatedly. During his November visit to the state, he had lunch at the residence of a tribal BJP worker in Bankura and the house of a matua community member in North 24 Parganas.