Rath Yatra: BJP delegation submits letters to West Bengal government

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 08, 2018, 09.04 PM (IST)

A BJP delegation on Saturday submitted letters to the West Bengal government, stating its readiness to join discussions over its 'rath yatra'.

"We have said in the letters that the BJP is ready to join the discussion in an hour's notice on any time within December 12 (Wednesday) as directed by the Calcutta High Court," BJP state vice-president Jayprakash Majumdar told news agency PTI.

"We have informed the state government that we are ready for discussion on the 'rath yatra' issue. The situation is that the state government is not capable of maintaining law and order. Also, there is no democracy in the state," senior party leader Mukul Roy alleged.

The move comes a day after a division bench of the Calcutta High Court directed three BJP representatives to meet state Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and DGP by December 12 over the Rath Yatra issue.

The Court began hearing BJP's plea against refusal of permission for its Rath Yatra on Friday. 

The high court on Friday also directed top state officials to take a decision on the processions by December 14.

The 'rath yatra' in Cooch Behar district was slated to be the first of the three by the BJP before the Lok Sabha polls next year. The other two were to be held on December 9 from Kakdwip in South 24 Parganas district and on December 14 from Tarapith temple in Birbhum district. 

Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah on Friday said that the Yatra will be carried out definitely and that no one can stop the party from conducting the rallies. 

"We will do everything legally and we will conduct three rallies. The rallies have not been cancelled but postponed. Yatra, as scheduled, will go to every part of West Bengal. I will go to West Bengal tomorrow," the BJP chief said. 

He attacked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee noting that she is trying to stop the Yatra as she is "scared."

(With inputs from PTI