The West Bengal government on Wednesday announced that it had issued a prohibitory order banning the entry of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP)’s international working president, Praveen Togadia, from entering the state.
The order, passed on March 31, 2015, will be effective for the next two months.
According to a state home department official, the order was passed as the state government thought that Togadia’s entry or his holding of closed door or public meetings or rallies would lead to communal tension in the state and cause disturbance to public tranquillity.
When contacted, the VHP general secretary in West Bengal, Chinmoy Dutta said that the state government passed this order to unnecessarily heckle Togadia. “He is supposed to come to Kolkata on April 3, following which he will have an internal meeting on April 4. He is also scheduled to hold meeting in north Bengal. The programme schedule will not change,” Dutta said.