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India: Modi to speak at West Bengal rally April 3

PM Modi will attend an election campaign rally in Siliguri (West Bengal state) on April 3; heightened security, crowded conditions, and localized disruptions expected

02 Apr 04:28 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 4/2/2019, 12:00 AM until 4/7/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Siliguri (West Bengal state), West Bengal
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Event

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) election rally in Siliguri (West Bengal state) on Wednesday, April 3. The event will take place near the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station in the south of the city. A heightened security presence, crowded conditions, and localized disruptions are expected near the campaign site on Wednesday. Clashes between supporters of rival political groups cannot be ruled out. Further campaign events are expected throughout West Bengal and other parts of India in the lead up to Lok Sabha parliamentary elections in April and May.

Context

India is scheduled to hold general elections beginning April 11. Voting in West Bengal will take place on April 11, 18, 23, 29 and May 6, 12, and 19. Siliguri will hold its elections on April 18.

Advice

Individuals in Siliguri, and West Bengal and India more generally, are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all political demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate disruptions and a heightened security presence, and refrain from discussing political topics in public or on social media.

 

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