Accusing West Bengal Chief Minister of throttling democracy, BJP President Amit Shah has said there is a reign of terror in the State but nobody can stop BJP to carry out Rath Yatra.
The Rath Yatra would have covered all 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal.
On Thursday, Kolkata High Court refused to give permission for BJP’s Rath Yatra, scheduled to kick start from Coochbehar on Friday.
Just after the observation Shah, who has been denied permission to hold a rally on Friday in West Bengal, hit out at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying she was terrified that the BJP was making inroads into the state.
“There is a reign of terror in Bengal. Mamata Banerjee is throttling democracy.”
Today’s rally from Cooch Behar was to be the first of three marches planned by the BJP to criss-cross the State ahead of next year’s general elections.
To make party’s stand clear Shah asserted, “We will definitely carry out all ‘yatra‘, nobody can stop us.” Yesterday, the Calcutta High Court agreed with a state government decision to refuse permission to Amit Shah’s ‘rathyatra‘ on grounds that it anticipated “communal tension”.
This morning, a division bench accepted a request to review a single judge bench order supporting the Bengal government’s order. Shah has set the party a target of 22 of the state’s 40 seats in next year’s national elections. The BJP currently has two Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal — Asansol and Darjeeling.
The other two BJP rallies are planned from Kakdwip-in the extreme southern part of the state and Tarapith temple in Birbhum district known to be a TMC’s strong hold in the State.