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BJP to Move Supreme Court Challenging Order Against Its Rath Yatra in West Bengal

The Trinamool government had earlier denied permission for the political rallies, saying they could trigger communal clashes in the state.

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Updated:December 22, 2018, 8:17 PM IST
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New Delhi: A day after the Calcutta High Court postponed the BJP “rath yatra” in West Bengal, the party on Saturday that it would move the Supreme Court against the verdict.

The BJP was forced to move the top court as the Calcutta High Court is now on a two-week winter recess.

The Trinamool government had earlier denied permission for the political rallies, saying they could trigger communal clashes in the state.

The BJP filed a plea, following which it received the green signal from the single bench of the Calcutta High Court of Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty. While allowing the BJP to carry out its rath yatra, the court had observed that the threat to public order “must be real, not imaginary or a likely possibility” for denying permission to a political rally.

The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool government contested the ruling.

On Friday, the yatra was postponed again when a Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice Debasish Kargupta and Justice Shampa Sarkar asked the single Bench to take a relook at the intelligence reports from districts before allowing the proposed "yatra".

A "rath yatra", which was scheduled to be flagged off by BJP president Amit Shah on December 7 is being contested at the Calcutta High Court since the start of the month. After the Trinamool government did not respond to the BJP's request, the party approached the court.

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