Kolkata: The West Bengal BJP has cancelled a public rally of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Bankura scheduled for Tuesday. They claimed that the district administration was “dilly-dallying” on giving permission for the landing of Yogi’s helicopter. (Also read: Yogi Holds Cabinet Meeting in Prayagraj; Announces World’s Longest E-way)
“We have decided to cancel the Bankura rally of Yogi Adityanath tomorrow as the district administration is dilly-dallying on giving permission. Not wanting to take any risks, we cancelled it,” West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said.
Adityanath’s Purulia rally will take place as per schedule, Ghosh said.
Yogi’s visit comes amid a tussle between the Mamata Banerjee government and the CBI which sent a team to question police commissioner Rajeev Kumar in Saradha chit-fund scams on Sunday.
Kolkata has been witnessing high voltage drama since. Later, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee began a sit-in protest against PM Modi and Amit Shah.
Yogi was supposed to address a rally in the state on Sunday as well but after his chopper didn’t get the permission required to land, the Chief Minister addressed the gathering through telephone. Addressing the Gantantra Bachao (Save Democracy) rally in South Dinajpur of the state, which was broadcast using an audio link, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister slammed Banerjee and said her Trinamool Congress government in the state “can suppress people but cannot suppress their voices.”
“Mamata ji must accept that one should not misuse the administration in a democracy. The manner in which the administration in West Bengal is functioning should not be acceptable at all,” he said.
“Time and time again we have seen in West Bengal that the government has targeted the Opposition leaders. These incidents prove that the present TMC government ruling the state has no faith in democracy,” the UP CM said.
Tearing into other political parties for participating in the TMC-led United India rally in Kolkata recently, Yogi said, “The political parties who took part in the Mamata Banerjee-led United India rally must first look at themselves.”