Bengal Police deny permission to Rahul’s Nyay Yatra event in Siliguri on Jan 28
KOLKATA — The police have denied permission to January 28 public meeting of Rahul Gandhi in Siliguri town of West Bengal’s Darjeeling district which was a part of the Congress’ Nyay Yatra rally currently passing through the state.
The state Congress president and the five-time party Lok Sabha member Adhir Chowdhury said on Friday that the police has denied permission at the last moment citing some examinations in the Siliguri town on that day.
“The initial programme was first a rally in the town followed by a public meeting there to be addressed by Rahul Gandhi. However, since the police have now denied permission for the meeting only the rally will be conducted,” Chowdhury said.
The Congress leadership has alleged of facing administrative hurdles in conducting Nyay Yatra rally in West Bengal since the time it entered the state’s territory at Boxirhat under Tufanganj subdivision in Cooch Behar district on Thursday.
The original stage that was set up to welcome Rahul Gandhi had to be dismantled and raised at an alternative private place following police objections. State Congress leaders said that the schedule of Nyay Yatra at Jalpaiguri town will also have to be changed to an extent following the insistence of the district police authorities.
Incidentally, on Wednesday only the Trinamool Congress supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made an official announcement of her party contesting alone in West Bengal from all the 42 constituencies in the state in the Lok Sabha polls scheduled this year.