Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday asked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to give three tentative dates for carrying out the ‘Rath Yatra’ in West Bengal, news agency ANI reported. The court also asked Advocate General (state government) for the video footage of the meeting held between BJP delegates and the state government on December 13. Further, the matter has been fixed for hearing for tomorrow. (Also Read: West Bengal Government Denies Permission to BJP to Hold Rath Yatra)
Notably, the BJP will take carry out ‘pad yatra’ till they are granted permission from the court for conducting the Rath Yatra in the state. Although, ‘Pad-yatras’ will be taken out from January first week.
Further, law violation programmes would also be carried out across several districts of Bengal from tomorrow onwards, BJP leader Sayantan said. Jhargram will observe a law violation programme tomorrow.
It must be noted that the BJP filed a writ petition challenging the West Bengal government’s order on Monday. After which, the party was asked by the court to serve a copy to the state while fixing December 18 as the date for the next hearing.
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.