Kolkata: The ruling BJP is moving the Calcutta High Court again on Monday protesting against the West Bengal government denial of permission for the party’s proposed Rath Yatra or ‘Save Democracy Rally’ across the state eying the 2019 parliamentary elections. In this regard BJP wants rathayatra on December 22-24 and 26.
The confrontation between the ruling BJP and the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government with regard to rath yatra proposed by the former in the state aggravated on Saturday night with the rejection of it by the latter.
According to sources, the West Bengal government had sent a letter in this respect to the BJP state unit. In the letter, the state government maintained that the permission for the yatra could not be given as it might create communal tension in the state.
“RSS, VHP and others like Bajrang Dal are scheduled to take part in the yatra and these may incite communal violence across the state,” the sources quoting the letter said. However, the permission for a meeting of BJP might be given if okayed by the district administration.
Informatively, after the Calcutta High Court’s denial of permission to the rath yatra on December 7 from Cooch Behar, it had asked the Bengal administration to “cooperate” with the BJP.
After the direction from Division Bench of Calcutta High court, the BJP has filed a caveat in the Supreme Court in this regard. The BJP had suffered a major jolt on December 6 after Calcutta High Court denied permission to the yatra directing the party to put it on hold till the next hearing of the case on January 9, 2019.