Calcutta HC denies permission to BJP ‘rath yatra’

In a major setback to BJP’s game plan of consolidating its position in West Bengal a head of Lok Sabha polls, the Calcutta High Court today said it cannot give permission at this stage for the BJP’s proposed Rath Yatra in the state. The Rath Yatra is scheduled to be flagged off by its president Amit Shah, tomorrow in Coochbehar.

After the West Bengal government refused to allow the event on the grounds that it might cause communal tension, the court directed that superintendents of police of all districts in West Bengal will file a report by December 21 to it on the holding of ‘rath yatra’ rallies by the BJP, after hearing all the district presidents of the party.

Earlier, the state government stand in this regard was clearly explained to the division bench of Calcutta High Court . The state’s advocate general informed a bench of justice Joymalya Bagchi and justice Tapabrata Chakraborty, this morning.

However, BJP submitted to the court that in a democratic set up all political parties are at liberty to pursue their programme. The government has no business stopping it,” said Dilip Ghosh, state BJP president.

“If the administration denies us permission, we can also say that we will go ahead with the programme without your consent. The programme will set out and reach its destination. None can prevent it,” Ghosh said.

Last week, BJP leaders asserted that they will take out their yatra, formally known as Ganatantra Bachao Jatra or rally to save democracy, even if the administration denies it permission.

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