Kolkata: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday filed a writ petition challenging the West Bengal government’s order of disallowing the Ratha Yatra in its state, news agency ANI reported. Further, the party has been asked by the court to serve a copy to the state.
Next hearing has been scheduled for December 18.
Notably, Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government on Saturday denied permission to BJP to hold Rath Yatra in the state. In a letter addressed to the Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh, the state government said that large convoy during the BJP’s Rath yatra would create a chaotic situation and traffic congestion.
“The areas proposed to be covered by the Yatra are, because of publicity and propaganda gradually turning into communally sensitive pockets. Intelligence reports indicate that public perception is that the religious overtones of the Yatra will be turned into a propaganda,” the letter by state government said.
The letter further reads, “Intelligence reports further indicate that in several districts, organisations with overtly communal agenda like the RSS, Bajrang Dal and the VHP would actively join the Yatra. This is grave apprehension of ‘breach of peace’ and communal violence during and in the aftermath of the Yatra.”
Furthermore, the West Bengal government said that it is not in a position to provide police personnel because of the festivals in the state around the same time.