Shah vows to take out WB Rath Yatra ‘democratically’
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.