Amit Shah Says BJP Will ‘Legally’ Hold 3 Rallies in Cooch Behar
BJP President Amit Shah said the party will conduct three rallies in Cooch Behar by doing “everything legally.” He said, “We will do everything legally and we will conduct three rallies. The rallies have not been cancelled but postponed. Yatra as scheduled will go to every part of West Bengal. I will go to West Bengal tomorrow (Saturday, 8 December).”
Earlier, the BJP leadership on Friday, 7 December, convened an emergency meeting in Cooch Behar to discuss the future course of action after uncertainty loomed over the party's Rath Yatra programme.
The BJP had decided to put Shah's proposed rally and the Rath Yatra on hold, saying it will wait for the final order from the high court, which will now hear an appeal by the saffron party at 12:30 pm on 7 December.
BJP’s Plea To Be Heard
The BJP on Friday, 7 December, moved an appeal before a division bench of the Calcutta High Court against the refusal of permission for its Rath Yatra.
The bench directed BJP's lawyers to serve a copy of the appeal to the West Bengal government and other respondents before the matter is taken up for hearing.
Calcutta Court Denied Permission
A single bench of the High Court had said on Thursday, 6 December, that it cannot grant permission at this stage for the BJP rally in Cooch Behar. The yatra was scheduled to be flagged off by party President Amit Shah on Friday, 7 December, after the West Bengal government refused to allow the event on the grounds that it might cause communal tension.
Directing that the rally stands deferred till the next date of hearing on 9 January, Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty observed that permission to hold the Rath Yatra can't be granted at this stage.