JP Nadda will start ‘Rath Yatra’ in West Bengal, but permission is still awaited


Kolkata: To mobilize public support in its favour ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in West Bengal, the BJP national president will start the party’s ‘Rath Yatra’ in the state on Saturday, but there is confusion about its permission from the administration. BJP leaders want to take this rath yatra to various areas of the state. Nadda has a plan to start a ‘Parivartan Yatra’ from Nabadwip, the birthplace of 15th-century saint Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in Nadia district. Union Home Minister Amit Shah is also likely to inaugurate two of the five proposed visits to begin this month. However, there remained confusion till Friday evening as rath yatra is still to be allowed from Nadia district administration.

Pass on permission!

The BJP claims that it has received permission, while the district police have said that only public meetings have been allowed and not the rath yatra. “We have given objection to JP Nadda’s public meeting but the alleged rath yatra has not been allowed as the matter is sub judice,” a senior police officer said. Earlier, the West Bengal BJP had sought permission from the state government for a one-month program.

BJP seeks permission from local district administration

State BJP vice-president Pratap Banerjee in a letter to Chief Secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay said that the party wants to hold five rallies in different places of the state from February 6. The letter said that several BJP leaders are coming to West Bengal on February 6 to join the month-long campaign starting from Nabadwip. The party has proposed a similar trip between February 6 to February 11 in Cooch Behar, Kakdwip of South 24 Parganas, Jhargram and Tarapith in Birbhum. The state government has asked the BJP to seek permission from the local district administration. Banerjee claimed, ‘We have got permission in Nadia district. The administration has permitted under the jurisdiction of the police station. The police have taken detailed information about the rally and the route.

State administration adopting a wavering attitude

BJP state president Dilip Ghosh has alleged that the state administration and the ruling Trinamool Congress are adopting a chilling attitude. Ghosh said, ‘Rath Yatra is going to change direction in West Bengal politics. This will create a wave of support for the BJP, which will prove to be the last nail in the coffin of the Trinamool Congress government. The Trinamool Congress is trying to delay in permitting as it has been doing before. Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress alleged that the BJP was involved in ‘malicious propaganda’ alleging that the campaign was not allowed.

Case in court, TMC has nothing to do

The Trinamool Congress tweeted, ‘The West Bengal government has not refused permission to visit, as claimed by the West Bengal BJP. They are involved in malicious propaganda which has nothing to do with truth. The party said, ‘BJP should present the facts about the West Bengal government not allowing travel. BJP is trying to show itself as a victim. Minister in the state government Bratya Basu said that it is not appropriate that the state government allow the program at one place, so the BJP was asked to get permission from the district administration concerned. Trinamool said, ‘Public interest litigation was filed in the High Court in this case and now the matter is under consideration in the court. Therefore, we want to clarify that the Trinamool Congress has nothing to do with this matter.


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