HC to Ben­gal Govt: Meet BJP Lead­ers, De­cide on Yatras ‘Com­mu­nal Sce­nario’ Cited as Rea­son for Ban

Cal­cutta High Court asks Ben­gal govt to ex­plain by Dec 14 rea­son for not al­low­ing yatras; po­lice re­port says Cooch Be­har sen­si­tive, has his­tory of com­mu­nal clashes

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Kolkata: Cal­cutta High Court di­vi­sion bench led by Jus­tice Biswanath So­mad­der has partly set aside the or­der of the sin­gle bench with re­gard to the in­junc­tion granted against pe­ti­tioner BJP for con­duct­ing rath yatras across West Ben­gal. An­other part of the or­der has been mod­i­fied in which the bench di­rected top of­fi­cials of state gov­ern­ment, in­clud­ing chief sec­re­tary and home sec­re­tary, to hold meet­ings with se­nior BJP lead­ers and dis­cuss the con­tour of the yatras.

The court has fur­ther asked the gov­ern­ment to hold the meet­ing with se­nior BJP lead­ers on Wed­nes­day and in­form the court about their de­ci­sion on Fri­day.

The court is also said to have ob­served that half of the pro­gramme of the BJP would be over if the in­junc­tion till Jan­uary 9 stays. It has also been men­tioned that if a de­ci­sion of not al­low­ing the yatras is taken on De­cem­ber 14, the gov­ern­ment must ex­plain the ap­pro­pri­ate and ex­act rea­sons be­fore the court. Ques­tions were also raised on the rea­sons for keep­ing the let­ters and re­minders com­ing from the BJP to the gov­ern­ment unan­swered. For the time be­ing, the court has said that no yatras can be or­gan­ised till De­cem­ber 12.

On De­cem­ber 12, three se­nior lead­ers of BJP will hold meet­ing with chief sec­re­tary, home sec­re­tary and DGP on how to hold the ral­lies.

Re­act­ing to the judge­ment, BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah tweeted, “Mamata didi’s at­tempts to deny the BJP its le­git­i­mate right to un­der­take po­lit­i­cal cam­paign in the state to ex­pose TMC’ mis­gov­er­nance has been thwarted by Court, which has asked Ben­gal ad­min to co­op­er­ate. Big win for democ­racy! BJP will soon set out on its Gan­tantra Bachao Ya­tra.”

Shah will be in Kolkata on Satur­day to hold meet­ing with his party mem­bers on this is­sue. Kolkata: The Mamata Banerjee-led gov­ern­ment had re­fused to give per­mis­sion to the BJP for hold­ing three ral­lies in West Ben­gal from De­cem­ber 7 be­gin­ning with a rath ya­tra in Cooch Be­har on the ba­sis of a 15-page re­port from the state po­lice which raised ap­pre­hen­sions of com­mu­nal vi­o­lence.

The re­port was sent to all di­vi­sional and zonal heads of West Ben­gal po­lice and po­lice ad­min­is­tra­tion of re­spec­tive dis­tricts. Be­sides, a two-page re­port was sub­mit­ted to the Cal­cutta HC, which de­nied per­mis­sion to the BJP to hold the ya­tra be­fore a di­vi­sion bench set aside the or­der of the sin­gle bench, said peo­ple aware of the mat­ter.

In the re­port sub­mit­ted to the court, the po­lice cited “over­all com­mu­nal sce- nario and hap­pen­ings around the coun­try” as well as “ill de­signs of the com­mu­nal provo­ca­teurs in the dis­trict”.

It said that the state al­ready had a very del­i­cate and sen­si­tive com­mu­nal sit­u­a­tion and men­tioned an “alarm­ing in­ci­dent of as­sault and at­tempted lynch­ing by gorak­shak of per­sons of dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity car­ry­ing cow meat”.

The BJP had gone to the court af­ter the state gov­ern­ment de­nied per­mis­sion for the rath ya­tra and the three ral­lies. As per the po­lice re­port, the ya­tra would have cut through 135 lo­ca­tions, most of them dom­i­nated by Mus­lims or with prox­im­ity to mosques. It said the BJP had planned 36 big meet­ings and 122 short meet­ings in a month and that the party would get all its top brass in­clud­ing the Prime Min­is­ter, home min­is­ter, fi­nance min­is­ter, party chief and chief min­is­ters of six BJP-ruled states in Ben­gal.

Mamata didi’s at­tempts to deny the BJP its le­git­i­mate right to un­der­take po­lit­i­cal cam­paign in the state to ex­pose TMC’ mis­gov­er­nance has been thwarted by Court, which has asked Ben­gal ad­min to co­op­er­ate. Big win for democ­racy! BJP will soon set out on its Gan­tantra Bachao Ya­tra.

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