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Holding of public meetings; WB BJP withdraws contempt plea against state govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

unit of the BJP Friday withdrew from the its plea alleging that choppers carrying the party's and UP were not being allowed to land in the state.

State BJP had in February filed a plea seeking contempt action, alleging violation of the apex court's order, against state authorities for denying permission to hold public meetings in

The apex court, on January 15, had allowed public meetings of BJP in the state.

However, it had ordered that as regards the "rath yatras", the Mamta Banerjee-led (TMC) government consider afresh the revised proposal of BJP, keeping in mind the fundamental right of freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under the Constitution.

A bench comprising and Justice expressed its unwillingness to hear the plea after which the sought permission to withdraw it.

Earlier, the apex court had put on hold the proposed "rath yatras" of the BJP in and asked it to seek a fresh approval from the by submitting a revised proposal.

It, however, had allowed BJP to continue with its proposed public rallies and meetings under its "Ganatantra Bachao Yatra".

The party has alleged that its fundamental rights have been breached as choppers carrying the and the UP CM have not been allowed to land in the state and its leaders were not allowed to hold public meetings.

BJP had claimed that earlier too, permission was denied several times at the last moment to "harass the BJP" which later moved the high court and that the party "is facing such political vendetta since 2014 in West Bengal".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 17:40 IST
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