BJP To Move High Court Against Mamata Banerjee Government’s Indecisiveness On Rath Yatra Route


New Delhi: With the state government sitting over the proposal of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP), its Bengal unit has decided to move Calcutta High Court against the Mamata Banerjee government. The BJP has alleged that the state home secretary has not responded to the party’s letters seeking an appointment to discuss the route and programme of the party’s rath yatra scheduled in December and January.

The rally of three raths that has been labelled as Ganatantra Bachao Yatra (Rally for Saving Democracy) is so far the most high-profile political programme to be undertaken by the saffron party in the state. Bengal is a focus state where the party wants to win at least 22 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 general elections and is depending on this programme to rally public opinion in the state.+

The yatra is supposed to be inaugurated on December 5 by party president Amit Shah from the Kali temple at Tarapith, in Birbhum district, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to deliver an address at a public rally in January when the Yatras will culminate after 43 days.

“We suspect the administration is planning to foil our event by denying permission, or making the process of obtaining permission difficult. We are preparing to move court,” said BJP national executive member Mukul Roy, who is the head of the party’s Lok Sabha election management committee for West Bengal.

He said a letter was sent to home secretary Atri Bhattacharya on October 29, seeking an appointment with him by November 5. As it yielded no response, a second letter was sent on November 5, seeking an appointment by November 9.

“We need the meeting with you to pursue with the state administration for the required permission (if any) for the proposed peaceful political programme… In case the government of West Bengal fails to respond to our plea, we shall have no other alternative than to approach appropriate court of law to enforce our democratic rights,” reads BJP’s second letter to the home secretary on November 5.

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