Will crush rath ya­tra protesters: BJP leader

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Nation - Sreyasi Pal let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

BERHAMPORE: Who­ever at­tempts to re­sist the raths, will be crushed un­der the wheels of the rath. The ya­tras will cer­tainly take place in the sup­port of com­mon peo­ple LOCKET CHAT­TER­JEE, BJP leader

Any­one who will at­tempt to ob­struct the party’s rath ya­tra in West Ben­gal will be crushed un­der the wheels of the char­iot, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s women wing chief Locket Chat­ter­jee said on Satur­day.

The rally of three raths that has been la­belled as Ganatantra Bachao Ya­tra (Rally for Sav­ing Democ­racy) is so far the most high-pro­file and spec­tac­u­lar po­lit­i­cal pro­gramme by the saf­fron party in the state.

“Who­ever at­tempts to re­sist the char­i­ots, will be crushed un­der the wheels of the rath. The rath ya­tras will cer­tainly take place in the sup­port of com­mon peo­ple,” Chat­ter­jee told the me­dia, re­spond­ing to ques­tions that Tri­namool Congress lead­ers have hinted that the pro­gramme will be stopped if chief min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee wishes so.

Dur­ing the day, Chat­ter­jee held a meet­ing of women mem­bers from 11 districts in the north Ben­gal district of Malda dis­cussing the role of women in the event.

Three raths — buses ac­tu­ally — are sup­posed to start their jour­ney from Cooch Be­har, Tara­p­ith and Gan­gasagar in the first week of December.

“Se­nior BJP lead­ers Amit Shah, Ut­tar Pradesh chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath and As­sam chief min­is­ter Sar­bananda Son­walkar will lead the raths. The peo­ple of Ben­gal want this rath ya­tra,” said Chat­ter­jee.

Rul­ing party lead­ers hit back. “Chat­ter­jee used to work for the film and tele­vi­sion in­dus­try. She seems to be car­ry­ing the di­a­logue from her ear­lier vo­ca­tion. Com­mon peo­ple don’t like th­ese state­ments,” said Du­lal Sarkar, Tri­namool work­ing pres­i­dent (Malda).

”The BJP has been able to form a few gram pan­chayat boards in Malda with the sup­port of the Left front. It does not mean BJP has got pop­u­lar sup­port. The Lok Sabha elec­tions will prove it,” said Sarkar.

West Ben­gal is a fo­cussed state where the party wants to win at least 22 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 elec­tions and is de­pend­ing on this pro­gramme to rally pub­lic opin­ion in the state.

BJP na­tional ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Mukul Roy, who is the head of the party’s Lok Sabha elec­tion man­age­ment com­mit­tee for West Ben­gal, has said they will move court if the Ma­mata Ban­er­jee ad­min­is­tra­tion keeps ig­nor­ing their plea for a meet­ing to dis­cuss the ya­tra.

Roy had sent a let­ter to home sec­re­tary Atri Bhat­tacharya on Oc­to­ber 29, seek­ing an ap­point­ment with him by November 5. As it yielded no re­sponse, a sec­ond let­ter was shot on November 5, seek­ing an ap­point­ment by November 9.

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