BJP seeks Kolkata police permission for 'Save Democracy' sit-in at same spot where Mamata Banerjee held dharna last week

Kolkata: The BJP's West Bengal unit has sought permission from the Kolkata Police to conduct a dharna later this month at the same spot in the city where West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had organised a sit-in demonstration last week.

The party has already sent a letter to the city police seeking permission for the dharna at the Metro Channel in the heart of the city between 21 ans 23 February, BJP state general secretary Sayantan Basu said on Monday.

File photo of Mamata Banerjee. PTI

File photo of Mamata Banerjee. PTI

An email would also be sent to the police on this matter, he said. The "Save Democracy" dharna will raise demand of "restoring democracy in the state", he said.

Basu said, "Whenever in the past we had asked for permission to organise a sit-in demonstration at the Metro Channel, the police denied us permission citing traffic rules. But if the Trinamool Congress was allowed to organise a dharna there, why can't we do it?"

Banerjee, also the Trinamool Congress supremo, was on dharna from 3 to 5 February at the Metro channel in Esplanade area to "save the Constitution" after the CBI's failed bid to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with chit fund cases.

"We hope that we will also get the permission. We will not use loudspeakers as it is examination time," the BJP leader said.

When contacted, officials of the Kolkata Police said they were yet to receive any such application from the BJP. "If we receive it, we will take a call," a Kolkata police official said.

The Metro Channel is the same spot where Banerjee had held a 26-day fast against the acquisition of farm land for the Tata Motors small car unit at Singur in 2006.

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Updated Date: Feb 11, 2019 11:59:40 IST

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