Kolkata Police on Wednesday granted the BJP permission to hold a rally, to be addressed by party president Amit Shah, in the city on August 11. This comes hours after Shah dared the state government to arrest him, even as the ruling Trinamool Congress took a swipe at the party chief and claimed he had become “tense and nervous”.
The police has granted the BJP permission to hold the rally on Mayo Road.
State BJP Yuva Morcha (youth wing) president Debjit Sarkar said they had submitted a formal application to the Kolkata Police on Tuesday.
Confusion over Shah’s rally emerged after the BJP had accused the Kolkata Police of denying them permission to hold a rally on Rani Rashmoni Avenue.
The city police later clarified that it did not receive any formal application seeking permission to use Rani Rashmoni Avenue from the BJP. “Some unwarranted speculation in social media about denial of permission to a political party on August 11 has come to our notice. It is to clarify that on request permission for meeting has already been granted,” it wrote on Twitter.
Earlier in the day, reacting to the alleged delay in getting permission for the rally, Shah had said that if the state government wants, it can arrest him; but he will definitely go to Kolkata.
Taking a dig at the BJP, Trinamool spokesperson Derek O’Brien said: “BJP and its national president have become nervous, tense. Their programme for August 3 in Kolkata was promptly granted permission. For their August 11 programme, they only just sent a letter and permission granted. Happy journey to the land of peace and harmony #Bangla Love Your Neighbour.”
The BJP had earlier planned to hold the rally on August 3, but later rescheduled it for August 11.
With PTI inputs