After Mohan Bhagwat, Mamata Banerjee targets BJP chief Amit Shah, denies permission for Kolkata event; here is why

By: | Updated: September 6, 2017 2:45 PM

Mamata Banerjee government has denied permission to BJP to hold an event which was to be attended by Amit Shah.

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Mamata Banerjee government has denied permission to BJP to hold an event which was to be attended by Amit Shah. State BJP general secretary Sayantan Basu claimed that the party had submitted two applications to state government-run Netaji Indoor Stadium to book the hall for September 10 or 12, according to Indian Express report. He alleged that the authorities asked him and other party leaders to collect the confirmation letter on August 30. “However, on that day, they said the stadium was unavailable for booking till Durga Puja,” Basu was quoted as saying by IE. The BJP leader has said, “Trinamool Congress is scared of BJP and that’s why it has denied us permission. This exposes that there is no democracy in West Bengal.”

This comes after a row erupted yesterday after a state-run auditorium Mahajati Sadan in Kolkata had cancelled the booking for an event which was to be addressed by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on October 3, a move denounced by BJP and the Sangh as an act of “vengeance” but defended by the Mamata Banerjee government.

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An outfit named Sister Nivedita Mission Trust had booked Mahajati Sadan for October 3 for an event on Sister Nivedita’s role in India’s nationalist movement. Besides Bhagwat, the trust had invited Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi.

The BJP leadership also came down heavily on the state government and alleged that an “undeclared Emergency” prevailed in the state. “Earlier when Mohan Bhagwat was supposed to address a programme at Brigade Parade ground, the state government tried to stop it. I was held only after a court order,” BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha was quoted as saying by PTI.

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