New Delhi Correspondent
The political battle between Bharatiya Janata Party and Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress in West Bengal today reached the Supreme Court where the saffron party filed a caveat on Saturday in connection with an order passed by the Calcutta High Court division bench relating to the BJP’s controversial Rath Yatra.
A division bench of the Calcutta High Court had on Friday modified the single bench’s order, which had put on hold the BJP’s Rath Yatra Bengal till January 9, and directed the state Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Director General of Police to talk to BJP leaders by December 12 and decide on their proposed rallies.
The division bench has also directed the state government officials to take a decision on their rallies by December 14 and convey the same to the BJP. The bench also lifted the injunction on BJP’s Rath Yatra till January 9 by modifying the single bench order. On Thursday, Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty of Calcutta High Court had rejected the BJP’s petition to allow them to take out Rath Yatras in West Bengal and put on hold such activities till January 9.
Meanwhile, BJP President Amit Shah on Friday charged Mamata with “strangulating” democracy for her government not giving permission to the party to take out three Rath yatras in West Bengal as part of its build-up for next year’s parliamentary elections.
“Mamataji is afraid because the BJP has raised its voice. The people of West Bengal are aware of the Mamata government’s mis-governance. Mamataji is afraid that the Rath yatras will lay the foundation for a change of government in West Bengal,” Shah told reporters here on Friday.
Shah dismissed suggestions that the BJP’s proposed Rath yatra might spark communal tensions in West Bengal. He claimed his party would win a majority of the 42 parliamentary seats in the state.