Kolkata : The fight between West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress and BJP to hold a public meeting in Esplanade area has taken a new turn after the Kolkata Municipal Corporation rejected the application of the BJP on Thursday.
The Kolkata High Court had directed the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and Fire Brigade department to decide on giving permission to the BJP to hold a meeting in front of the Victoria House in Esplanade.
The BJP will file a petition in the court on Friday to press for its demand.
“There is no such example in the entire country of a political party seeking the help of a high court thrice to hold a meeting,” said Rahul Sinha, state BJP President.
Party president Amit Shah is scheduled to address a meeting on November 30 in front of the Victoria House.
Earlier, the Kolkata police had rejected the party’s request to grant them permission to hold the meeting at the site. Then the party moved the high court seeking direction to the state government to grant them permission to hold the meeting. The high court on Tuesday directed the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and Fire Brigade department to decide on the issue and convey it to the BJP.
““In a letter we received today, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation says that since the size of the road is narrow and we did not give certain technical information about the length of the dais and stairs, permission (for holding the meeting at the site) will not be granted,” Sinha said. By rejecting BJP’s request, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation had only carried out the instruction of the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who was against allowing the party to hold the meeting. “But we will … file a fresh a petition in Kolkata High Court on Friday,” he said. The Trinamool Congress is rapidly losing mass support. Hence, it has imposed an undeclared emergency to gag the voice of Opposition parties, he said.
“Mamata Banerjee keeps saying that she believes in democracy. But actually, she is against democracy,” Sinha said.
“There Is No Such Example In The Entire Country Of A Political Party Seeking The Help Of A High Court Thrice To Hold A Meeting.”Rahul Sinha/ President Of BJP, West Bengal Unit