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Mamata 'scared' of BJP, throttling democracy in West Bengal: Amit Shah

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Declaring that the BJP's growth in has scared Minister Mamata Banerjee, Friday accused her of "throttling" democracy in the state by denying permission to three 'yatras' of his party.

Shah's scathing attack came after the had to postpone three 'rath yatras' in the state due to the government refusing permission and the party failing to get any relief from the court.

"We will definitely carry out all 'yatras', nobody can stop us. The is committed to change in The 'yatras' have not been cancelled, just postponed," Shah said at a press conference.

His party will follow the judicial process to get permission for them, he said.

Shah's comments came a day after the refused the BJP permission to hold a 'rath yatra' in Coochbehar, following the expressing apprehensions of violence. Shah was scheduled to flag off the 'rath yatra' on Friday.

The BJP also failed to get any immediate relief from the division bench, which heard an appeal by the party on Friday.

However, the division bench of Justices Biswanath Somadder and A Mukherjee criticised the for not responding to BJP's letters for permission to hold the rath yatras. It also modified the single bench order and directed the state secretary, and of police to sit with three BJP leaders by December 12 and take a decision on the matter by December 14.

There was no immediate reaction from Banerjee or her party to Shah's charges.

Reacting to Shah's remarks, Congress' spokesperson said that when the matter is under the purview of the high court, its sanctity and dignity should be maintained.

"Why doesn't he go to the high court and say that its directive is wrong, remove it, and go ahead with the yatra. But he is not doing that. He is politicising the high court orders," he said.

Training his guns on Banerjee and the Trinamool government, the BJP said people in the state are ready for a change and asserted that the party will win a majority of seats in the polls.

His party's expansion in the state and win in over 7,000 seats in panchayat polls has rattled the Trinamool chief. It is giving her "sleepless nights" and left her "scared", Shah said.

"She knows these yatras will lay the foundation for change. That is why she is trying to stop them," he said.

According to Shah, the often denied permission to his party's programmes. It had kept writing to the home department and the of police to seek their nod for the 'yatras' but in vain, Shah alleged.

"The way is using her government to trample upon democratic norms is very undemocratic and is throttling democracy," he said.

In his view, his party's campaign in the state against the "misgovernance" of the Trinamool has resulted in people rising against it.

Announcing that he would visit the state on Saturday, he said he would give the "unsolicited" advice -- that the more her government tries to suppress the BJP, the more will anger spread among people.

The BJP's expansion was a reason behind violence in the panchayat elections, allegedly by Trinamool workers, with more than 20 BJP workers being victims of political killing, he said.

Shah cited the murder of three party workers and asked Banerjee what action the police had taken so far.

Such massive violence was not seen even during the Left government, he alleged, adding that the police and Trinamool combined to abet political murders.

The BJP cited a study to claim that the state accounts for 26 political murders out of 100 in the country.

The mafia, he alleged, was working in sectors like health, education and business, and governance has collapsed.

Not just the government, the has also resorted to the "of appeasement" to please a community, Shah said, in an apparent reference to the Muslim community.

The state government had neither the capability nor the intention to act against outfits linked to terror, he added.

Shah also rejected the state government's claim that his party's events will lead to communal tension, saying he visited the state 23 times as BJP president and there had never been any communal flare-up.

The TMC and the are often behind communal incidents, he alleged.

Asked to comment on the recent violence in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, Shah noted that has already spoken about it and a SIT has been set up to probe the matter.

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

First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 22:11 IST
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