The BJP cannot hold a rally tomorrow from Bengal’s Coochbehar – the first of three that would crisscross the state ahead of next year’s general elections – the Calcutta High Court has said. The order came after the state government told that court that it has refused permission for the proposed ‘rath yatra‘ by BJP president Amit Shah, as it might cause “communal tension”.
The court will hear the BJP’s appeal against the order tomorrow morning.
“We will be going to division bench tomorrow morning. We will seek justice that any peaceful democratic movement is permissible under Indian Constitution,” said Bengal BJP vice president Jay Prakash Majumdar.
Meanwhile Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah on Friday criticised West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee for “surpassing democratic process” and said that the party will “definitely” carry out ‘yatras’ in West Bengal and “nobody can stop it” from doing so.
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.
Addressing a press conference, Shah trained his guns at Banerjee and said that the Bengal CM is attempting to stop the yatra because she is scared of BJP.
“A democratic process has been suppressed in West Bengal, with the misuse of power, which is non-democratic. Mamata Banerjee is scared that if BJP takes out all three rallies in West Bengal and assembles in Kolkata then the foundation for a complete change will be laid down. So she attempted to stop all these yatras,” said Shah.
As of now Shah said that the three rallies that constitute the Rath Yatra have been postponed for which the party will contest the West Bengal government in court. Nonetheless, Shah posed complete faith that the rallies will not be cancelled.
“I can assure you that the yatra will follow its design and will be taken to every village. We will handle the matters legally. BJP has raised voice against every illegal activity of Trinamool Congress in every village of Bengal. That is why she (Mamata Banerjee) is worried,” said the BJP chief.
Advising Bengal CM, Shah said that Banerjee’s tactics for BJP are causing her more harm.
“She has not asked for my advice but I want to tell her that by trying to stop us she is doing more damage to herself. The people of Bengal have realised that they want change,” he said.