Shah vows to take out WB Rath Ya­tra ‘demo­crat­i­cally’

The Hitavada - - NATION - ■ Delhi Bureau and Agen­cies

DECLAR­ING that the BJP’s growth in West Ben­gal has scared Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,

BJP Pres­i­dent Amit Shah on Fri­day ac­cused her of “throt­tling” democ­racy in the State by deny­ing per­mis­sion to three ‘ya­tras’ of his party.

Shah’s scathing at­tack came af­ter the BJP had to post­pone three ‘rath ya­tras’ in the State due to the Mamata Gov­ern­ment re­fus­ing per­mis­sion and the party fail­ing to get any re­lief from the court so far.

“We will def­i­nitely carry out all ‘ya­tras’, no­body can stop us. The BJP is com­mit­ted to change in West Ben­gal. The ‘ya­tras’ have not been can­celled, just post­poned,” Shah said at a press con­fer­ence in the na­tional cap­i­tal.

His party will fol­low the ju­di­cial process to get per­mis­sion for them, Shah, who said he would visit the State on Satur­day, said.

Shah’s com­ments came a day af­ter the Cal­cutta High Court re­fused the BJP per­mis­sion to hold a ‘rath ya­tra’ in Coochbe­har, fol­low­ing State Gov­ern­ment ex­press­ing ap­pre­hen­sions of vi­o­lence. Shah was sched­uled to flag off the ‘rath ya­tra’ on Fri­day. The BJP, which held a meet­ing of se­nior party lead­ers in Coochbe­har on Fri­day, has moved an ap­peal be­fore a divi­sion bench.

Train­ing his guns on Banerjee and the Tri­namool Gov­ern­ment, the BJP Pres­i­dent said peo­ple in the State are ready for change and as­serted that the party will win a ma­jor­ity of seats in the Lok Sabha polls.

His party’s ex­pan­sion in the state and win in over 7,000 seats in Pan­chayat polls has rat­tled the Tri­namool Congress chief. It is giv­ing her “sleep­less nights” and left her “scared”, Shah said.

She knows these ya­tras will lay the foun­da­tion for change. That is why she is try­ing to stop them,” he said.

There was no im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion from Banerjee or her party to Shah’s charges.

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