Kolkata, August 1: The Kolkata Police on Wednesday granted permission for BJP President Amit Shah’s proposed rally in the city on August 11. Also Read - 'Make Assaults on Medicos Non-Bailable Offence', Doctors Association Requests Amit Shah
The development came shortly after the BJP Yuva Morcha alleged that they are yet to receive any communication from the Kolkata Police regarding permission for Shah’s rally. Also Read - After Opening Sweet Shops, Mamata Govt to Allow Home Delivery of Liquor During Lockdown
On reports of denial of permission for the rally, Shah said that the state government can arrest him if they want but he will definitely hold a rally in Kolkata. Also Read - Home Minister Has Asked States to Take Action Against People Involved in Hoarding, Black Marketing During Lockdown: MHA
“It does not matter whether I get permission or not, I will definitely go to Kolkata. If the state government wants, it can arrest me,” he said.
Trinamool Congress took a swipe at the BJP and Shah, claiming that they had become nervous and wished them “happy journey to the land of peace and harmony”.
“Some unwarranted speculation in social media about denial of permission to a political party on 11 August has come to our notice. It is to clarify that on request permission for meeting has already been granted,” the Kolkata Police said in a tweet.
State BJP Yuva Morcha chief Debjit Sarkar said he has been informed by the police that the permission has been given to hold the rally at Mayo Road in the heart of the city.
Sarkar had earlier told PTI that the organisation has submitted a formal application to the police, seeking permission for Shah’s rally.
The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress and the BJP have been locked in a bitter war of words amid attempts by the saffron party to make inroads in the TMC stronghold.
The latest flashpoint has been the issues of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and illegal Bangladeshi immigrants. Shah is aiming to win 22 of its 42 Lok Sabha seats in the next elections. It had won two in 2014. The TMC had bagged 34.
“BJP & its national President have become nervous, tense. Their programme for Aug 3 in Kolkata was promptly granted permission. For their Aug 11 program, they only just sent a letter & permission granted” (sic), TMC chief national spokesperson Derek O’Brien said in a statement.
“Happy journey to the land of peace and harmony #Bangla Love Your Neighbour”, he said in a tweet.