BJP president Amit Shah returns to Delhi owing to ill-health; unlikely to attend rally in West Bengal’s Jhargram

Malda: BJP president Amit Shah is returning to New Delhi on Tuesday evening due to his ill health and is unlikely to attend his scheduled rally at Jhargram in West Bengal, party leaders said.

"Amit Shah is very ill. He has high fever, but still attended today's rally here. He was discharged few days ago from the hospital after suffering from swine flu," Bharatiya Janata Party state president Dilip Ghosh said.

Shah will return to New Delhi on Tuesday as his doctors have advised him against attending any other rally due to his ill health, Ghosh said. "If he is fine tomorrow, then he will attend the scheduled rally at Jhargram tomorrow," he added.

BJP president Amit Shah returns to Delhi owing to ill-health; unlikely to attend rally in West Bengal’s Jhargram

Amit Shah at Malda on Tuesday. Twitter/@BJP4India

Earlier in the day, Shah kick-started the BJP's campaign in West Bengal with a rally in Malda, saying all Bengali refugees would be granted citizenship with the passage of the citizenship bill. He harshly criticized the ruling Trinamool Congress government, led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, citing woes like corruption, collapsing law and order, lack of jobs that plague the people in the state. He appealed to the crowds to uproot the existent government.

This was also Shah’s first rally in the state ever since the BJP’s Rath Yatra was not allowed to be conducted.

Ghosh added that the BJP chief had asked them to ensure that the other scheduled rallies take place on time.

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Updated Date: Jan 22, 2019 18:17:25 IST

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