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Amit Shah, Other BJP Leaders Have Lunch at House of Farmer in West Bengal

Amit Shah, Dilip Ghosh and Kailash Vijayvargiya have lunch at a farmer's house. (Twitter/@AmitShah)

Amit Shah, Dilip Ghosh and Kailash Vijayvargiya have lunch at a farmer's house. (Twitter/@AmitShah)

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.

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.

"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.

first published:December 19, 2020, 17:07 IST