On Friday, BJP National Chief Amit Shah has denied permission to hold a rally in Bengal, hits out at the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying that she might be terrified that the center-ruled BJP making inroads into the state. Mr. Shah said that “there is a reign of terror in Bengal. Mamata Banerjee is throttling democracy.”
Today’s BJP rally from coochbehar was to be the first of three marches, which was planned by the opposition BJP to criss-cross the state before the forthcoming 2019 General Elections.
Mr. Shah continued, “We will definitely carry out all ‘yatra‘, nobody can stop us.”
On Thursday, the Calcutta High Court has agreed with Bengal government’s decision to reject the permission to BJP’s ‘Rath Yatra’ on the ground of anticipated “communal tension”.
Today morning, a division bench has accepted a request to review a single judge-bench order, which supported the order of the West Bengal Government.
The proposed ‘Rath Yatra’ of BJP would have covered all 42 Lok Sabha Constituencies in West Bengal, which is one of the few significant non-BJP ruled states. The BJP Chief has set a target for the party of 22 of the 40-seats in the state in the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. In Bengal, BJP currently has 2 Lok Sabha seats- Darjeeling and Asansol.
The two other party rallies are planned from Kakdwip (extreme southern part of the state) and Tarapith Temple in Birbhum District.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally in Kolkata after the end of the two Yatras in the state.