West Bengal Polls: TMC spanner in BJP yatra strategy, nod of local bodies

New Delhi: Ahead of the sees by home minister Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda to West Bengal to roll out the celebration’s ‘parivartan yatra’ aimed at developing a momentum against the TMC, the state federal government has “neither approved nor denied approval” to the occasion, but has actually asked the celebration to seek permission from the regional authorities for these programmes.The BJP prepares to take out 5 separate yatras in each zone of West Bengal throughout February and March, which are intended to cover all the 294 assembly constituencies in a month. While Nadda and Shah will roll out three of these yatras, other BJP leaders could visit the state to introduce the others.The party unit has been keen on leaders like UP CM Yogi Adityanath to come and build momentum for the party in the state. The party’s nationwide secretary, who is likewise handling the state, Arvind Menon, responsible for a lot of BJP’s rath yatras, supervises of the programme.BJP leader in charge of ballot problems, Pratap Banerjee, told ET that the party is making plans to approach local authorities and get approvals for the program. “It will be a long procedure, however we are confident of getting the yatras and of individuals’s engagement with us. Every yatra will not only show individuals’s growing belief in our favour however also have stories of longforgotten heroes of every location. It will be a programme for mass connect.”The BJP’s Bengal system on February 1 had actually written to state chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay looking for approval for getting a rath yatra across the state. The start and finishing points of the yatras were determined to be locations of spiritual and spiritual significance, which include Nabadwip in Nadia district, Tarapith in Birbhum and others.The state federal government reacted to Banerjee on Wednesday, saying, “You may instead approach the appropriate authorities at the local levels delegated with maintenance of order including assemblies and processions etc under appropriate laws/ guidelines.””This means the BJP will need to approach every police headquarters and regional authorities through which their yatra will pass. In our cases, we have seen the cops permit for only ten kms, and after that we have to approach the other authorities. It is simply a way of producing obstacles in our method. The state secretariat might have provided a blanket authorization and made this easier,” a BJP functionary stated. Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the TMC federal government had actually asked the BJP to look for authorization from regional authorities for its three yatras. The matter went up to court, and the yatras never ever took off. Asenior TMC leader, however, said the government has actually played it safe and “has neither rejected nor approved the events”.”The yatra can lead to communal clashes and violence. We have seen violence breaking out in the march to Nabanna and the BJP’s rally in north Bengal, despite our restricted authorization. This is simply to prevent those situations.”

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