Kolkata, December 20: A slap on the face of tyranny rule, slamming Trinamool Congress for instigating imaginary threat, the Calcutta High Court on Thursday allowed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to hold "rath yatra" rallies in West Bengal. The decision came as a major setback for the Mamata Banerjee government as the state high court allowed the rallies ensuring that there is no breach of law and order.
The state high court has laid down a set of conditions to avoid trouble. Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty who gave the judgement said the yatras must not cause any inconvenience to the public and must be peaceful in nature. Besides, the state police must be prepared 12 hours in advance. The yatra’s are scheduled to be flagged off by BJP chief Amit Shah.
Welcoming the verdict, BJP called it a “victory of democracy”. Kolkata BJP vice-president Joy Prakash Majumdar who was present at the hearing said that the decision slated by the court is a victory of democracy and the people of West Bengal. The state government without any reason had said that this Rath Yatra will deteriorate the law and order situation here. The court has rejected this theory and said it is the duty of the administration to ensure law and order and directed it to provide adequate security to all three of our rallies.
The court has asked us to conduct the rallies peacefully and we will abide by that. The court has also directed BJP to inform respective district administrations 12 hours prior to the yatras entering those districts.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah was scheduled to kickstart the party's 'Save Democracy Rally', comprising three 'rath yatras', in the state. The West Bengal government denied permission to BJP president Amit Shah's proposed 'rath yatra' from Cooch Behar on grounds that it might cause communal tension.
The Cooch Behar district has a history of communal issues and that there was information that some communal provocators and rowdy elements had become active there.
The BJP has proposed to take out yatras from Cooch Behar, Sagar Island and Tarapith on December 22, 24 and 26 respectively.