Cal­cutta HC refuses to al­low Shah ‘rath ya­tra’

Mail Today - - NEWS - By Man­ogya Loi­wal in Kolkata

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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