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Yogi Adityanath’s chopper not allowed to land in Bengal, UP CM calls govt ‘anti people’

After being denied permission, the UP CM addressed the rallies through teleconferencing.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath forced to cancel Bengal rally
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was scheduled to hold a rally in West Bengal today. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)

After his chopper was denied permission to land at Balurghat, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday termed the West Bengal government “anti-people” and “anti-democratic” and said that the days of the Mamata Banerjee regime were numbered.

The government also denied permission for the landing of his chopper at Raiganj, where he was scheduled to address the second ‘Ganatantra Bachao’ rally. After being denied permission, the UP CM addressed the rallies through teleconferencing.

“The TMC government didn’t allow me to come and meet you all. That is why I had to resort to Digital India of Modi-ji to address you. This TMC government is anti-people, anti-democratic and have compromised with national security,” Adityanath said, while addressing the rally via audio link.

Adityanath urged leaders, who had attended the TMC’s January 19 opposition rally in Kolkata, to introspect on how democratic rights were being scuttled by the state government.

The UP CM also alleged that the TMC government had tried to stop Durga Puja in West Bengal in order to pursue its appeasement policy, He urged BJP workers to fight hard in order to ensure that the party forms the next government in the state.

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“Mamata Banerjee should remember that she can not misuse the government and its agencies in the state. It is shameful that government officials are acting as TMC cadres in the state,” he said.

The rallies were a part of the BJP’s plan of organising up to 200 public meetings in the state by February 8 to boost its electoral prospects ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Apart from Adityanath, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani and Dharmendra Pradhan and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan are among those who will address the party’s rallies in the state.

“Mamata Banerjee has opposed BJP’s ‘save democracy’ movement from the beginning, Amit Shah was to go there to start this initiative,WB govt stopped it. I had rallies in Balurghat and Raiganj today but they didn’t permit chopper landing. That’s why had to address rally via telephone,” Adityanath after addressing the rally told ANI.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday kickstarted the saffron party’s campaign in West Bengal for the coming Lok Sabha election by addressing two rallies in Durgapur and Thakurnagar.

Accusing the Mamata Banerjee-led government of trampling democracy, PM Modi had said, “TMC doesn’t take interest in initiating development projects where there is no share for the syndicate…where there is no ‘malai’ (cream).”

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