Kailash Vijayvargiya, other BJP leaders detained ahead of pro-CAA rally in West Bengal
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BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and senior leaders Mukul Roy and Joy Prakash Majumder were on Friday taken to preventive custody during the start of a pro-CAA rally in West Bengal.

Police said that the rally was being held without permission, but the saffron party asserted that it has informed the authorities about it.

The Mamata Banerjee government has started an "autocratic" rule in West Bengal but the BJP cannot be intimidated, Vijayvargiya told reporters while being taken to a police vehicle at Talligunge Phari area.

"We were taking out a rally in support of the CAA which has received overwhelming support from all over the country. But the police of Mamata Banerjee is not allowing us to take out a peaceful, democratic rally," said BJP's West Bengal minder.

Vijayvargiya said they won't resist being taken to the city police headquarters "as we believe in democratic protest."

Police sources said the three, along with several supporters, were taken into custody as the party was organising the rally without permission.

BJP sources, however, said they had given prior intimation to police for the rally from Tollygunje phari to Hazra Crossing.

Earlier, Home minister Amit Shah addressed a 'Jangagran' rally in favour of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) at Jodhpur. The rally held at Adarsh Vidya Mandir is the first of 30 such rallies scheduled to be held across the country by BJP to counter the opposition towards them.

Coming down heavily on the opposition parties, Shah accused them of misleading the people. He said that ever since the government has brought the CAA; Congress, BSP, TMC, AAP are all opposing it.

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