Calcutta HC refuses to allow Shah ‘rath yatra’
THE Calcutta High Court has refused to grant permission to the Bharatiya Janata Party to hold a rath yatra in West Bengal’s Coochbehar on Friday.
BJP chief Amit Shah was to flag off the mega Ganatantra Bachao Yatra or ‘Save Democracy’ rally that was supposed to cover a number of districts across the state.
Bengal BJP in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya said BJP will move the division bench of Calcutta HC to challenge the single bench order refusing permission to rath yatra.
The state govt had earlier denied permission for the rally and argued in court on Thursday that Coochbehar is a sensitive area and the state doesn’t have the machinery to maintain law and order required to manage such a rally.
The govt maintained that the yatra could create communal tension. West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Thursday accused the Trinamool Congress govt of trying to scuttle the voice of the opposition and dared it to stop his party’s rath yatra in the state.
BJP moved the Calcutta HC on Wednesday claiming that West Bengal administration were not responding to its applications for permission to take out three rallies in the state from Dec 7.
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BJP chief Amit Shah