Calcutta High Court Denies BJP's Permission For Amit Shah's 'Rath Yatra'

Calcutta High Court Denies BJP

 Calcutta High Court Denies BJP's Permission For Amit Shah's 'Rath Yatra' (file image)

New Delhi: The Calcutta High Court has denied BJP's permission to hold a 'rath yatra' from West Bengal's Coochbehar district tomorrow, as reported by news agency ANI. 

The Bhartiya Janata Party wanted to take out three rallies in West Bengal, beginning from Coochbehar in the north tomorrow. Then, on December 9, from Kakdwip in the South 24 Parganas district and from the Tarapith temple in Birbhum district on December 14.

On January 9, the Calcutta High Court will hear the case again, as reported by news agency PTI.

The order of the High Court comes after the West Bengal government informed the court that it refused to give permission for the proposed 'rath yatra' by BJP president Amit Shah on grounds that it might cause "communal tension".

"The state submitted that it might cause communal tension," Bengal's advocate general Kishore Dutta had said in court, according to PTI.

When questioned by the judge who will take the responsibility if anything unfortunate happens, Anindya Mitra, the BJP counsel had said that it is the duty of the state government to maintain law and order.

The advocate general opposed the BJP filing a supplementary affidavit opposing the refusal of permission, saying it can either come with a fresh petition or an amendment to his petition.

The 'rath yatra' would have covered all 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in Bengal, where the BJP has set a target of winning over 22 seats in the 2019 elections. Currently, the BJP has two Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, i.e. Asansol and Darjeeling. 

The BJP planned to hold a rally in Kolkata, after the conclusion of the 'yatra', which was likely to be addressed by PM Modi.

(With inputs from agencies)