Shah says Ben­gal ya­tra ‘will hap­pen’; HC leaves it to govt

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KOLKATA/NEWDELHI: She [Banerjee] can use what­ever force she wants. I will per­son­ally go to flag off these ya­tras. We will not sur­ren­der

AMIT SHAH, BJP pres­i­dent

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Fri­day said the rea­son why West Ben­gal chief minister Mamata Banerjee did not give the party per­mis­sion to hold three ‘rath ya­tras’ (ral­lies) in the state was be­cause she was “scared” of its ex­pan­sion even as the Cal­cutta high court came down heav­ily on the West Ben­gal gov­ern­ment for not re­spond­ing to let­ters of the BJP seek­ing per­mis­sion for its rath ya­tras in the state.

On Thurs­day, the high court re­fused to grant per­mis­sion to a BJP rally, hours af­ter the state gov­ern­ment told the one-judge bench that the ad­min­is­tra­tion de­nied ap­proval to the event over ap­pre­hen­sions of law and or­der problems. The BJP ap­proached the court again on Fri­day to ap­peal be­fore a divi­sion bench.

The court di­rected the state to hold a meet­ing with three BJP representatives on Wed­nes­day (De­cem­ber 12) and take a de­ci­sion on the mat­ter by De­cem­ber 14.

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