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BJP puts on hold Amit Shah's Rath Yatra, rally till HC order; says will obey court order

Press Trust of India  |  Coochbehar (WB) 

The BJP on Thursday decided to put on hold its Shah's proposed rally and Rath Yatra in on Friday, saying it will wait for the final order from the Calcutta High Court, which will hear an appeal from the saffron party the same day.

said that BJP is a "responsible political party" and it will obey the court order.

"Our entire preparation for the Rath Yatra program is complete. Shah is also ready to come tomorrow," he told a press conference.

The decision was taken after the HC refused permission to hold the Rath Yatra on the grounds that it might cause communal tension.

The party's appeal for a division bench hearing on Thursday itself was turned down by He said the hearing would take place on Friday.

Earlier, state had said that the party will go ahead with Friday's rally but would put on hold the the Rath Yatra, which is being touted as its biggest political campaign in

The court order prompted the BJP top brass to hold an emergency meeting here to chalk out the party's strategy.

The Justice had also ruled that the rally stands deferred till the next date of hearing on January 9.

Vijayvargiya said the party has decided to move the division bench of the to challenge the single bench order.

He along with party Arvind Menon, and Ghosh in consultation with top leaders in sat for an emergency meeting to decide the next course of action.

"We have a plan B ... Let's wait for the court's verdict in division bench," Roy said without elaborating.

"If the government says that it can't maintain law and order if we take out Rath Yatra, then I think Governor's Rule should be immediately imposed in the state," he added.

There was disappointment in the after the of the HC order reached it. Massive arrangements were made for the Rath Yatra, which the party claimed would be a "game changer" in

"We have been working hard for the Rath Yatra campaign in the district braving all odds created by TMC," said Chinu Kundu, and owner of the land where the rally was scheduled to take place tomorrow.

Party workers from nearby districts have already arrived in to take part in the programme and were left downcast.

Hundreds of BJP Yuva Morcha members have been the guarding the venue and the podium for the last two nights.

A poster war between BJP and the ruling TMC is visible across the state. While the BJP has put up posters on the Rath Yatra programme and welcoming Shah, the TMC has posters saying "Only Lord can ride the Rath and BJP's Rath Yatra program is an attempt to ignite communal tensions".

The Temple in the town, which was once the capital of the princely state of Coochbehar, is one of the biggest temples of the district.

Shah was to kickstart the campaign titled 'Save Democracy Rally'. The campaign was scheduled to begin from district in the north on December 7, from Kakdwip in the south 24 district on December 9 and from the in district on December 14.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 19:40 IST