On January 22, Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah was scheduled to conduct a rally in West Bengal’s Malda district to start off the 2019 Lok Sabha election campaign despite being diagnosed with swine flu. The doctors had advised him to go for full rest and stay away from public places for a week. Shah was recently discharged from a hospital on January 20. He still has two more public meetings in Bengal. Keeping in mind his health, Shah’s microphone is sanitised.
According to reports, the recovery time after being affected by swine flu is a crucial period since the disease weakens the immunity of the victim. That makes them open to other infections. Speaking to News18, the BJP’s state chief Dilip Ghosh said that Shah took the call to address the public despite his health concerns, so the party took steps to safeguard him. “He will be on a strict diet during his stay in Bengal,” said Ghosh.
Malda’s BJP MLA Swadhin Kumar Sarkar told News18, “Considering his health issues, we have decided to sanitise the microphone through which he will deliver his speech.” Shah’s second rally is scheduled to be on January 23. BJP plans to take up 25 parliamentary seats out of 42 in Bengal. They currently have two Lok Sabha seats in Bengal including Asansol and Darjeeling.