The Calcutta High Court denied BJP’s Rath Yatra to be signalled by BJP President Amit Shah from Cooch Behar on Friday.
The HC bench comprising Justice Joymalya Bagchi and Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty were ordered by the state’s advocate general of the petition being declined earlier today.
The President of BJP’s West Bengal unit, Dilip Ghosh said before the hearing, “In a democratic set up all political parties are at liberty to pursue their programme. The government has no business stopping it”.
He also added, “If the administration denies up permission, we can also say that we will go ahead with the programme without your consent.The programme will set out and reach its destination. None can prevent it”.
The court has ordered BJP to present its version for the next hearing scheduled on December 7.
The state unit of the BJP had filed this Rath Yatra petition to cover all the 294 assembly constituencies of the state within 40 days.
BJP’s Rath Yatra is set to roll from Madan Mohan Temple in Cooch Behar on Friday, Kakdwip near Ganga Sagar piligrmage and the Bay of Bengal on December 9 and on December 14 from Tarapith temple town.
PM Modi is scheduled to address four public rallies at Durgapur, Malda, Srirampur and Krishnagar.