In a huge setback for Mamata government, the Calcutta High Court on Thursday allowed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to take out its scheduled ‘rath yatras’ in West Bengal.
The court has given permission for three ‘rath yatras’ by the BJP and also directed the administration to ensure law and order in the state.
A Calcutta High Court division had earlier accepted the BJP’s appeal against a single bench order refusing permission to hold a ‘rath yatra’ in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal over fears it may stoke communal tensions.
A single judge bench had put on hold ‘rath yatra’ in Cooch Behar and all subsequent rallies till the next hearing on January 9.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had ridiculed the scheduled ‘rath yatras’ of the BJP as ‘ravan yatra’ and called for the cleansing of areas through which the saffron party’s chariots would pass.
The TMC supremo also urged the people to “ignore the event as just another political gimmick”.
However, the state BJP leadership was quick to hit back, claiming that Banerjee was suffering from “fear psychosis” as it dreads losing to the BJP in the next Lok Sabha polls.
The BJP has scheduled the ‘rath yatras’ with an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Amit Shah was set to kick-off three ‘rath yatras’ – which was to cover all 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in Bengal – on December 5, 7 and 9.
At the conclusion of the ‘yatra’, the party planned to hold a massive rally in Kolkata, likely to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.