The state BJP may move court in case Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) allows only the Trinamool Congress to hold a rally in front of Victoria House. State BJP president Rahul Sinha on Friday cautioned the KMC against giving a nod to the TMC to go on with the meeting and said that the BJP will protest against it.
“Not only would we move court against this decision but we also plan to hit the streets if necessary,” Sinha told the media on Friday. After completion of the monthly meeting of the KMC, mayor Sovan Chatterjee on Thursday said that apart from Trinamool Congress (which plans to hold its martyr’s day meeting), no party would be allowed to hold a rally in front of Victoria House. The decision of the mayor has come under sharp criticism from the opposition parties.
“The place in front of Victoria House is the heart of the city and it is better not to hold rallies there considering the problems of the common people. But it is also not desirable that only Trinamool will hold a rally there,” Sinha said.
Prior to the rally of Amit Shah, the state BJP had to move Calcutta High Court to seek permission as KMC and Kolkata Police did not give nod to hold a rally in front of Victoria House. After the court gave a go-ahead, the BJP held a rally there. The state BJP has clearly said that this time it may move court again. “We will not allow the only Trinanmool Congress to hold a rally there,” Sinha said.
A state BJP leader said that after senior Trinamool leaders were arrested in connection with the multi-crore Saradha scam, the opposition parties started organising rallies raising several issues. And this attempt by the KMC is nothing but to stop the movement of opposition parties, he said.
Apart from this, the mayor also said that KMC is also going to restrict rallies at Red Road near Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s statue and at Sidhu-Kanhu Dahar. “In these two places, KMC will allow Forward Block and the Left to hold rallies on January 23 remembering Netaji’s birthday and August 31, which is considered Food Movement Day,” the mayor said.