Kolkata HC grants permission for RSS Makar Sankranti rally
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 13-Jan-2017

Kolkata, Jan 13 : After the prolong legal battle between state government and RSS, Kolkata HC has  granted the permission for the  Makar Sankranti programme which will be held on January 14.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is scheduled to address the gathering. Bhagwat will embark on his three day visit to the state of West Bengal starting from January 13.

The meeting will be held at Brigade Parade Ground which is one of the largest venues for public meetings in the country. RSS swayamsevaks will attend the meeting in their traditional attire. Even thought the Kolkata HC has agreed for the RSS rally it has imposed several restrictions on the conduct of programme.

According to the judgement the rally should be attended only by invitees and not outsiders, and the strength of the crowd should not exceed 4,000 people. The rally should be held between 2 pm and 6 pm. The court also said adequate police deployment should be made at the venue.

Earlier the permission was denied on the grounds of security reasons. RSS filed a petition in Calcutta high court seeking permission to hold the rally at the Brigade Parade Grounds.

Earlier RSS Bengal chief Bidyut Mukherjee said, “We have been functioning in Kolkata since 1939 but never have we faced such a hostile administration. We first asked for Bhukailash Maidan. The police didn’t allow it. Then we sought permission for Brigade Parade Ground, which too wasn’t granted.”

Reacting to police's order, BJP's West Bengal state President Dilip Ghosh had accused the state's Trinamool Congress government of doing "dirty politics" over the venue of the RSS rally in the city.