BJP rath yatra in West Bengal: Supreme Court seeks Mamata government’s response, next hearing on January 15

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Updated: January 8, 2019 2:00:09 pm

BJP rath yatra Kolkata: The BJP's plea against December 21 order of the Calcutta High Court will be heard by the Supreme Court today. The TMC government had denied clearance to the BJP told rath yatra last.

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BJP rath yatra in Bengal: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the government of West Bengal and posted the matter for January 15. The top court has sought a response from the Mamata Banerjee government on a plea by BJP seeking permission to take out Rath Yatra in the state.

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) has filed a plea against the Calcutta High Court order which denied permission for its rath yatra in West Bengal. The petition was on Tuesday heard by a division bench in the apex court. The Supreme Court had in last week of December refused an urgent hearing in the matter.

The BJP had moved the Supreme Court after a division bench of the Calcutta High Court set aside a single bench order to allow the yatra. The BJP was slated to hold three rath yatras in the state last month but state government refused to grant permission for the same. The rath yatras were scheduled to be flagged off by party president Amit Shah from north Bengal’s Cooch Behar on December 7, South 24 Parganas district’s Gangasagar on December 9 and Birbhum district’s temple town of Tarapith on December 14.

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    11:56 (IST)08 Jan 2019
    Supreme Court issues notice to Mamata government

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the government of West Bengal. An apex court bench headed by Justice S K Kaul also asked the BJP state unit to submit a revised plan for its rally for consideration by the state government. The matter has been posted for January 15.  

    11:52 (IST)08 Jan 2019
    Why Calcutta High Court stayed permission for BJP rath yatra in WB

    A Division Bench of Calcutta High Court asked the single Bench to take a relook at the intelligence reports from districts before allowing the proposed yatra. The intelligence authorities in its report indicated that some organisations with overtly 'communal agenda' would actively join the yatra. 'There is a grave apprehension of major breach of peace... during and after the yatra', the report suggested.

    11:19 (IST)08 Jan 2019
    What Amit Shah said after Mamata denied permission to BJP

    Amit Shah said that Mamata Banerjee was scared of the BJP. He further said that the saffron party's expansion in the state and win in the panchayat polls had rattled TMC chief Mamata Banerjee. "It is giving her sleepless nights and left her scared," Shah said. The BJP chief also said that Mamata knew that BJP's yatras would lay the foundation for change and that is why she tried to stop them.

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    10:19 (IST)08 Jan 2019
    Why Mamata government denied permission to BJP

    WB CM Mamata Banerjee denied permission for the proposed rath yatra citing intelligence reports of possible communal violence in areas where the BJP was planning to take out the rallies. Intelligence report had suggested that "organisations with overtly communal agenda such as the RSS, the Bajrang Dal and the VHP, would actively join the yatra. There is a grave apprehension of major breach of peace... during and after the yatra".

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    08:58 (IST)08 Jan 2019
    BJP rath yatra Supreme Court hearing LIVE Updates: BJP hopes SC will allow its rath yatra

    The Bharatiya Janata Party is lookinh forward to get a clearance from the Supreme Court to hold rath yatra in West Bengal. The yatra was slated to start on December 7 from Cooch Behar but it was delayed after Trinamool Congress government denied permission to th BJP for the same.

    08:48 (IST)08 Jan 2019
    BJP rath yatra Supreme Court hearing LIVE Updates: Will the top court allow BJP's rath yatra?

    Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi had represented the Trinamool Congress at the Calcutta High Court. The TMC government had denied permission to the BJP to hold rath yatras across the state last month. The state administration had citied intelligence reports saying it could cause a law and order situation problem in the state.

    11:06 (IST)07 Jan 2019
    BJP rath yatra in Bengal LIVE Yatra: Importance of BJP's yatra

    The BJP's rath yatra comes just a few months ahead of the general elections. Through this yatra, the BJP plans to make inroads into the state that sends42 members to the Lok Sabha. Th ruling TMC headed by Mamata Banerjee is the dominat party in the state and has 34 MPs in the Lower House. The party had won the assembly elections in 2011 and 2016. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP had won just 2 seats.

    10:43 (IST)07 Jan 2019
    BJP rath yatra in West Bengal LIVE Updates: Timeline of events

    December 15: The Trinamool Congress government cited intelligene reports warning of incidents of communal violence in the aftermath of BJP's yatra. The state government denied permission to the BJP to hold the yatra. Immediately after this, the BJP had moved the High Court challenging the TMC's notification.

    December 20: The Calcutta High Court quashed the TMC government's notification and allowed the BJP to go ahead with its plan to hold rath yatra. The judgment wa passed by Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty.

    December 21: A division bench comprising Chief Justice Debasish Kargupta and Justice Shampa Sarkar passed an order staying the single bench's judgment. The bench asked Justice Chakraborty to re-examine the district intelligene repots. The TMC government was represented by senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi who also is a member of Congress.

    December 24: BJP moves Supreme Court seeking an urgent hearing in the matter.

    December 25: The Supreme Court rejectes BJP's demand of urgent hearing.

    January 3, 2019: The Supreme Court said that it will hear the BJP's petition on January 7.

    10:35 (IST)07 Jan 2019
    BJP rath yatra Supreme Court hearing LIVE Updates: About BJP's rath yatra

    The BJP was originally scheduled to hold three rath ratras from north Bengal's Cooch Behar, South 24 Parganas district's Gangasagar and Birbhum district's temple town of Tarapith on December 7, 9 and 14, respectively. The rath yatras were to be flagged off by BJP president Amit Shah. These rallies were meant to touch all 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state before converging in Kolkata in January.

    10:23 (IST)07 Jan 2019
    BJP rath yatra in West Bengal LIVE Updates: TMC's argument

    Initially, the Mamata Banerjee government had refused permission to BJP's rath yatra across the state. The yatra was slated to kickstart on December 7 from Cooch Behar. The state government argued that there was grave apprehension of major breach of peace and communal violence during and in the aftermath of the yatra.

    10:19 (IST)07 Jan 2019
    BJP rath yatra in Bengal: What Calcutta HC said while setting aside previous order

    A divisionbench of the Calcutta High Court on December 21 overturned the Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty's order to grant permission to the BJP to go ahead with its rath yatra plam. The division bench directed it to study afresh the 36 intelligence inputs from 31 police stations and five police commissionerates submitted by the state government before it.

    10:15 (IST)07 Jan 2019
    BJP rath yatra in West bengal LIVE Updates: BJP says dissatisfaction among people with TMC government

    The BJP has also said in its plea that the rise of the saffron party and dissatisfaction among the people with the Mamata Banerjee government was evident from the panchayat elections conducted last year. It also noted that state has seen unprecedented violence and deaths in last few years, and the general public, members of BJP, (and) members of other political parties are being killed for showing dissent.

    09:54 (IST)07 Jan 2019
    BJP rath yatra in West Bengal LIVE Updates: BJP accuses TMC of trying to snatch voting rights

    In its plea, the BJP has accused the Trinamool Congress government of trying to snatch voting rights of the people by threatening them and demolishing the democratic rights of the people, which could be seen by the fact that 34 % of seats in panchayat elections went uncontested.

    09:33 (IST)07 Jan 2019
    BJP rath yatra Supreme Court LIVE Updates: Petition filed by Jay Prakash Majumdar

    The petition was filed by BJP's West Bengal vice-president Jay Prakash Majumdar. The BJP leader has challenged th December 21 Calcutta High Court's judgment of a division bench which set aside the order of a single bench allowing the yatra.

    Amit ShahThe BJP was slated to take out 'save democracy rallies' across the state, starting December 7 from Cooch Behar but it hit a roadblock when the Calcutta High Court's division bench on December 21 overturned the single bench's order to allow the rath yatras. The state administration had denied permission to the BJP which was later challenged in the High Court. When the single bench passed an order granting permission to the BJP, the Mamata Banerjee government moved an appeal before the division bench against the single bench's December 20 order.
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