Can Discussion Solve Rath Yatra Issue, Questions HC


Kolkata: The BJP had approached the Calcutta High Court asking for permission for their Rath Yatra in West Bengal. On Wednesday, a hearing was underway under Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty. Justice Tapabrata directed the AG at 2 pm to find out whether the problem of Rath Yatra can be solved through a discussion between the state government and the BJP. Over the question of giving permission for Rath Yatra, first it was told to the DG and then the IG. But why was permission still not given asked Justice Tapabrata.

The saffron party had raised questions over the security during their Rath Yatra. It was said that despite of continuously asking for police help, they did not get. Not only that but they have claimed that despite seeking permission, they still could not meet the Kolkata police commissioner, police super and home secretary. They have alleged that they did not get any response from the administration despite giving letters on the matter. Hence, seeking permission for Rath Yatra, BJP leader Jayprakash Majumder filed a case at the Calcutta High Court.

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The state government said that there are lot of wrong in this. It also said that permission cannot be granted in just one day because political leaders will be present in the Rath Yatra. The administration needs time to make preparations. It was also said that the BJP did not give a clear figure as to how many will be present at the Rath Yatra and hence they were having a problem. The BJP however retaliated saying that the yatra will not start in all the districts at the same time, and hence, no problem should occur.

The BJP has scheduled its Rath Yatra on December 7, 9 and 14 at Cooch Behar, Ganga Sagar and Tarapith respectively. The yatra has been named as ‘Ganatantra Bachao Yatra’. BJP national president Amit Shah will travel in the Rath and go to all the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to be present.