Bla­tant mis­use of power: Shah

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New Delhi: A day af­ter Cal­cutta High Court de­nied per­mis­sion to BJP to hold a ya­tra in Cooch Be­har, party pres­i­dent Amit Shah lashed out at the state gov­ern­ment, say­ing the demo­cratic process is be­ing “stran­gu­lated” by “bla­tant mis­use of power”.

“Mamata Baner­jee gov­ern­ment is stran­gu­lat­ing democ­racy. Be­cause she is scared of the rise of the BJP in the state,” Shah said on Fri­day while ad­dress­ing the me­dia at the party’s cen­tral of­fice in New Delhi. On Thurs­day, the Cal­cutta High Court had de­nied the party per­mis­sion to hold a rally in north­ern West Ben­gal, ex­press­ing “ap­pre­hen­sions of vi­o­lence”.

“Mamata is hav­ing sleep­less nights af­ter BJP’s suc­cess in the pan­chayat elec­tions,” he said. “I un­der­stand her con­cern. But stop­ping the ya­tra won’t help. We will def­i­nitely hold all three ya­tras. No one can stop us. The ya­tra has been post­poned, not can­celled.”

The Cooch Be­har ya­tra is the first among three ya­tras planned by the BJP ahead of the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions. The other two are slot­ted for Kakd­wip in south­ern Ben­gal and Namkhana in South 24 Par­ganas dis­trict.

West Ben­gal is one of the party’s un­con­quered ter­ri­to­ries. Ac­cord­ing to party sources, BJP has tar­geted to win at least 22 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

BJP Na­tional Pres­i­dent Amit Shah in New Delhi on Fri­day —PTI

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