The Calcutta High Court gave Bhartiya Janta Party permission to conduct a Rath Yatra in West Bengal. BJP had filed a case in the court as West Bengal had denied them permission to conduct the Yatra citing that it can cause communal riots.
But the court also gave BJP some guidelines. It said that the “Yatra” should not block the traffic and if any wrongful damage is done to the property, it will be on BJP.
The court said to Trinamool Congress, the ruling party in West Bengal, that there is no breach of law in conducting a Rath Yatra in the state unless the petitioner itself make something communal.
The court directed to the BJP that it has to inform to the governing authority at least 12 hours prior to conducting the Rath Yatra.
Union Minister and Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley commented on the issue after the court verdict. He tweeted, “If any NDA/BJP government had stopped an Opposition programme, it would have been called an 'undeclared emergency'. Why silence now?"
Hinting towards West Bengal Govt, BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya said that the verdict of the court is a hard spank on the Tyranny.
The Calcutta High Court said to the Govt that is wrongful to order a total exclusion without citing a concrete reason. The court said that Law and Order are necessary but not on imaginary possibilities, it must be held on real and concrete possibilities.
Greetings to all countrymen on the holy occasion of Rath Yatra. May Maha Prabhu Shri Jagannath continue to shower his blessings on us. pic.twitter.com/e26JjQfbpk
The BJP counsel said yesterday in a statement that even in hard days, before Independence, Mahatma Gandhi was allowed to conduct the Dandi March. But in the 21st Century, in a democracy, it not allowed to hold a procession.
Last time when Rath Yatra was done by Senior BJP leader and a Prime Minister candidate fat that time, Lal Krishan Advani. After Rath Yatra Babri Masjid was demolished. Now, in such communally divided times, it is hard to speculate, what time is hiding under its sleeve.