Kolkata: After the West Bengal government refused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to hold a Rath Yatra in the state, the saffron party has decided to move a higher court against the state government for denying them the permission. It also resolved to hit the streets to protest against the same.
BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said party leaders held a meeting with other functionaries and national general secretary Bhupender Yadav on Sunday to discuss their next course of action.
Ghosh said, “We will move the higher court against this decision. How can the state government deny us permission for our political programme? We will also launch a statewide agitation in protest and meet Governor K N Tripathi to complain against the TMC government.”
On Saturday, the West Bengal government refused permission for the BJP’s proposed Rath Yatra, citing intelligence reports of possible communal violence in areas where the party is planning to take out the yatra.
In a letter to state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh, the West Bengal government said it was unable to allow the Yatra as proposed by the party.
A division bench of the Calcutta High Court had on December 7 directed the West Bengal chief secretary, the home secretary and the director general of police to hold a meeting with three representatives of the BJP by December 12 and take a decision on the ‘rath yatra’ by December 14.
Following the meeting between the two sides, state government officials had told the party that its decision will be conveyed to them by Saturday.
Notably, BJP national president Amit Shah was slated to kickstart the campaign, titled ‘Save Democracy Rally’, from Cooch Behar district of West Bengal. The ‘rath yatras’ were to cover all the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies of West Bengal. The BJP moved the division bench of the Calcutta High Court after a single judge bench of Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty had refused permission to hold the yatra.