Calcutta HC allows BJP to hold three Rath Yatras in West Bengal

Calcutta High Court
Calcutta High Court

Kolkata, Dec 20: The Calcutta High Court on Thursday allowed the Bharatiya Janata Party to hold three Rath Yatras in West Bengal.

The Court also directed that the administration should ensure that there is no breach of law and order.

Last week, the state government had rejected BJP’s plea to hold the ‘Rath Yatra’, touted as the ‘save democracy rally’, saying there was “grave apprehension of major breach of peace and communal violence during and in the aftermath” of the programme.

Following this on December 17, the BJP approached the high court after the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) government had denied it permission, for the second time, to conduct the yatras in the state.

The saffron had proposed December 22, 24 and 26 as fresh dates for the three Rath Yatra rallies.

Acting on a petition filed by the BJP, Justice Tapobrata Chakraborty stated the organisers have to inform the police superintendent of the district concerned 12 hours prior to taking out the yatra.

Reacting to the order, BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya said that “We welcome this decision and we had trust on judiciary that we’ll get justice. This decision is a slap on the face of tyranny.

“We haven’t decided anything but I can assure that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah will join the yatra”, he added.

The saffron party was originally scheduled to carry out three Rath Yatra rallies from north Bengal’s Cooch Behar, South 24 Parganas district’s Gangasagar and Birbhum district’s temple town of Tarapith, flagged off by party chief Amit Shah on December 7, 9 and 14 respectively.


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