Setting up for a attainable confrontation with the BJP, the West Bengal authorities has denied permission to the opposition celebration to carry its protest march to the state secretariat Nabanna on Thursday, citing amongst different issues as we speak’s Supreme Court judgment on public protests at the price of public inconvenience.
The official denial by the state Home Department does plunge into uncertainty the BJP’s plan for a four-pronged march to the state secretariat, which additionally homes the Chief Minister’s workplace, particularly because it may contain a contempt of courtroom problem.
“We will knowingly break Section 144 at Nabanna,” declared Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh. Accusing the state authorities of singling out the celebration, he mentioned political events together with the ruling Trinamool Congress, holds protests and rallies in prohibited areas.
“Mamta didi is scared of the BJP. I have heard that she has closed the Chief Minister’s Office. I like this fear, it signals Parivartan (change) in Bengal,” mentioned Tejasvi Surva, the brand new chief of the BJP’s youth wing, who reached Kolkata on Wednesday to attend the protest march.
Earlier within the night, BJP leaders mocked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for declaring a two-day vacation at Nabanna on Thursday and Friday. Sanitization was the rationale for the shutdown, which the federal government mentioned had been introduced “long back.’
“Didi has shut down Nabanna tomorrow, which is ok. It will anyway shut down in a couple of months’ time,” Mr Ghosh said.
BJP national secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, too, tweeted saying, “The BJP introduced its Nabanna Abhiyan on October eight in Bengal and Mamta didi despatched her secretariat on a day lengthy vacation. Keep watching, folks will ship Didi on a everlasting vacation quickly.”
The home department letter denying permission for the rally cited BJP delay in informing the government about the planned protest march. It appears the BJP only intimated the government on October 7, even though word about the abhiyan was in the public domain for days.
The letter of refusal also cited the National Disaster Management Act, under which political rallies can only have 100 participants in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It appears your protest march is in clear violation of this catastrophe guideline of the Government of India. Indeed you’ve categorically talked about that every of your rallies can have round 25000 youth. This shouldn’t be permissible within the pandemic scenario,” the letter read.
The fourth reason for denial of permission was that prohibitory orders banning large gatherings under Section 144 is in force in and around the state secretariat.
“We request you to kindly to assist us in offering you needed assist for peaceable and democratic launch inside allowable parameters throughout the guidelines of legislation and never headed to a vacation spot by part 144 of CrPC could be violated,” the letter concluded
The authorities is making preparations to make sure BJP processionists do not attain the secretariat. Bamboo barricades have been put up at many factors in Kolkata and Howrah, the place Nabanna is positioned. The police are seemingly to make use of water cannons and tear fuel to disperse crowds who might collect at sure factors.