BJP files writ petition in Calcutta HC challenging Mamata Banerjee's decision to not allow Rath Yatra
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday filed a writ petition in West Bengal High Court challenging the order of Mamata Banerjee government, which denied the permission to the party to hold Ratha Yatra in the state. The court will hear the plea on Tuesday.
Kolkata: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday filed a writ petition in Calcutta High Court challenging the order of Mamata Banerjee government, which denied the permission to the party to hold Ratha Yatra in the state. The court will hear the plea on Tuesday.
The court has directed them to serve a copy of the petition to the state. Earlier on Saturday, BJP state unit president Dilip Ghosh said, "We tried to convince West Bengal government and held talks with TMC on the order of the court. But they refused to accept our request for Rath Yatra."
Ghosh was also critical of the three-page response issued by the state government, which stated that the permission for the 'Rath Yatra' was denied considering that the move could cause a chaotic situation across the state by disrupting the movement of traffic.
"Since the West Bengal government has accepted the fact that Rath Yatra cannot happen here as there will be law and order problem in the state, then what is the duty of the police administration? This proves that there is a complete failure of law and order in Bengal. The situation is moving towards Article 356 (emergency provisions of the Indian Constitution)," he said.
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