Benagal Officials, BJP to hold meeting on ‘rath yatra’ on Thursday

Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) conflict over the latter’s ‘Rath Yatra’ in West Bengal, the state government on Wednesday informed the BJP on the details of a meeting to discuss the issue.

West Bengal government  asked the state BJP leadership to meet officials led by the chief secretary and the director general of police at the Lalbazar police headquarters to discuss the party’s ‘rath yatra’ programme, a top leader said.

A division bench of the Calcutta High Court had on December 7 directed the state’s chief secretary, the home secretary and the director general of police (DGP) to hold a meeting with three representatives of the BJP by December 12, and take a decision on the matter by December 14.

TMC informed the BJP on the date and venue of the meeting that will be held on Thursday at Lalbazar conference room in Kolkata. The BJP party will be represented by Mukul Roy, JP Majumda and Pratap Banerjee and chief secretary, the home secretary and DGP will participate on behalf of the state government.

BJP national president Amit Shah was slated to kickstart the campaign, titled ‘Save Democracy Rally’, from Cooch Behar district on Friday, from Kakdwip in South 24 Parganas district on December 9, and from Tarapith temple in Birbhum district on December 14.

The ‘rath yatras’ were to cover all the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies of West Bengal.

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