Launching a scathing attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, BJP chief minister Amit Shah lamented today that a democratic process has been suppressed in West Bengal. His comments came a day after the Calcutta High Court refused the BJP permission to hold a ‘rath yatra’ in Coochbehar, following the state government expressing apprehensions of violence.
He asserted that his party will ‘definitely’ carry out ‘yatras’ in West Bengal and ‘nobody can stop it’ from doing so. “We will definitely carry out all ‘yatras’, nobody can stop us. BJP committed to change in West Bengal. The ‘yatras’ have not been cancelled, just postponed,” he said.
He accused that the Chief Minister is following this trend and this is non-democratic. He also said that she (Mamata Banerjee) is scared that if BJP takes out all these three rallies in the state of West Bengal and assemble in Kolkata then the foundation of a complete change will be laid down.
After the Panchayat elections, he said that Mamata Banerjee is scared of BJP and this is why she has stopped the Rath yatra. “In every sector starting from cattle to coal, mafias are working & TMC ministers are supporting them,” he added.
Meanwhile, the BJP has moved an appeal before a division bench of the Calcutta High Court against refusal of permission for its Rath Yatra. A single bench of the high court on Thursday said it cannot grant permission at this stage for the BJP rally in Coochbehar, scheduled to be flagged off by party president Amit Shah on Friday, 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 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), after hearing all district presidents of the party. Directing that the rally stands deferred till the next date of hearing on January 9, Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty observed that the prayer of BJP for permission to hold the Rath Yatra cannot be granted at this stage.