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Kolkata police denies permission for Mohan Bhagwat’s rally, RSS knocks high court



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Kolkata, 13 Jan: Creating new furore between chief minister Mamata Banerjee and the saffron camp, Kolkata police denied permission for RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s January 14 rally in the city, prompting the Sangh to knock Calcutta high court for approval.

Bhagwat is scheduled to hold a rally and oversee a drill by swayamsevaks in their traditional attire on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.

However, this is not the first time, Earlier also police refused the RSS to permit for Bhukailash grounds in Kidderpore (west Kolkata) from the Bhukailash Trust that manages the ground.

Thereafter, Sangh leaders went for army’s approval to conduct the rally on iconic Brigade Parade Grounds. But the police again turned it down.

“Ironically, while refusing permission for the Bhukailash grounds, police said it was too small for the crowd and may lead to law and order problems. When we applied for a meeting in the maidans (Brigade Parade Ground), the police turned down the plea on the basis that the ground is too big. Since Gangasagar pilgrims are also passing through Kolkata, it may be difficult for the police to sufficiently man the rally,” said Jishnu Basu, RSS secretary, south Bengal.

“On January 9, RSS filed a petition in Calcutta High Court seeking permission to hold the rally at the Brigade Parade Grounds. The matter is being heard by the single bench of justice Joymalya Bagchi,” said Biplab Roy, RSS spokesperson in Kolkata.

Noticingly, Kolkata Police had also refused for BJP chief Amit Shah’s rally on November 2, 2014. But BJP eventually obtained permission from the court.

In December 2014, Bhagwat addressed a rally, organised by Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP), at the Parade Grounds. There he defended ‘Ghar Wapsi’ which caused a national stir.

“In Bengal, Hindus are at the receiving end. With recent incidents like Dhulagarh where tension between two communities ran high, Sangh is the only platform to speak for Hindus. The government is trying to muffle our voice,” alleged Basu.

Meanwhile, Kolkata police is staying away fro giving any comment on the issue.

Bhagwat is scheduled to reach Kolkata on January 13 night. After the rally on January 14, Bhagwat will hold a series of meetings on January 15 with Sangh and BJP leaders.

According to sources, state Sangh and BJP leaders are awaiting his guidance at a time when the party is trying to spread its base in the state amid rising tension between communities.

Wefornews Bureau


My phone is being tapped: Mamata



Kolkata, Feb 18 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that her phone is being tapped by Central agencies.

While reacting to the terror attack on the CRPF convoy in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, the Trinamool Congress chief levelled the charge of phone tapping against the Narendra Modi-led Central government.

“The Government had inputs from intelligence agencies on February 8 that such attacks might happen before elections. Why no action was taken? Why was the convoy of 78 vehicles allowed?…I also have intelligence reports that my phone is always tapped, as you all know,” she said.

Mamata also accused several Hindutva organisations including the RSS of hatching a conspiracy in the wake of the Pulwama attack to create divisions in the country, including in her state.

“In Hooghly’s Srerampore, they intervened in a community celebration. RSS workers are outsiders and they do not belong to Bengal. They are creating a riot like situation between Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians.

Banerjee said it’s a ploy to spread communal violence.

“It is a gameplan to spread communal violence. No one should fall in this trap. I have also heard that the RSS are forcing people to wear burqa and pose as child lifters.

“Rumours are being spread and some incidents have taken place in Kolkata as well. This is being done by the RSS, the BJP and the VHP, they only spread violence.”

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Pulwama attack: Why no action despite inputs from intelligence, asks Mamata



Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, Feb 18: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Monday questioned the central government for not taking actions despite inputs received from intelligence agencies warning of terror attacks before the Lok Sabha elections.

The Government had inputs from intelligence agencies on Feb 8 that such attacks might happen before elections. Why no action was taken?, she asked while addressing a press conference.

The Chief Minister further stated “Why 78 convoys were still allowed?…I also have intelligence reports that my phone is always taped, as you all know”.

Banerjee also accused the RSS and the BJP of trying to incite communal violence in West Bengal.

“We have kept quiet, but we have seen Modiji and Amit Shah delivering speeches daily. And the way they are speaking, it seems as if they are the only patriotic leaders in the country. This is not right,” she said.

Banerjee told media following Thursday’s terror attack, the entire Opposition has stood behind the Centre without asking any question.

“Modiji must tell us what action he has taken between the attacks in Pathankot and Pulwama. What action has he taken in the past five years?” she asked, adding, “If he cannot take control of the political situation in the country, he should resign.”


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Rahul Gandhi to launch election campaign in Maharashtra on March 1



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Mumbai, Feb 18: Congress President Rahul Gandhi will launch the national campaign for the coming Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra with a mega rally in Dhule, a traditional party bastion, on March 1, an official said here on Monday.

Gandhi will begin the campaign at 3 p.m. in the presence of other top leaders.

The same day, as per a tentative schedule, he may even visit Mumbai and address a rally here.

The UPA alliance in Maharashtra will set the ball rolling for the parliamentary elections by its first joint poll campaign rally in Nanded on Wednesday, said state party chief Ashok Chavan.

The rally will see the participation of UPA constituents including the Nationalist Congress Party, the PRP and other parties and their top leaders like Mallikarjun Kharge, Sharad Pawar and Jogendra Kawade.

This will be followed by another UPA rally to be hosted by the NCP’s Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde, in his home town of Parli, Beed, on Saturday.

According to party sources, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi is also likely to address some rallies in the state, although the details are yet to be finalised.

Dhule and Nanded are traditional Congress bastions in Northern Maharashtra and the Marathwada regions of the state, with a fair sprinkling of minorities, tribals, Dalits and other sections of population.


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