BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Kolkata Police has finally granted permission for the proposed rally by Union Home Minister Amit Shah here, on March 1, a senior BJP leader said on Tuesday.
The Saffron party issued a letter to the Kolkata police seeking permission for the rally on February 20, he said.
BJP state general secretary Rathindra Bose said, “We got permission on Monday. Now things will go according to the schedule. This will be a mega event.”
According to a senior party leader, Shah is expected to address the rally at the Shahid Minar ground, where state BJP leaders will congratulate him for passing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Parliament.
This will be Shah’s second visit to West Bengal after taking over as the Home Minister. He addressed a seminar on the Citizenship Amendment Bill, at Netaji Indoor Stadium, on October 2 last year.
Earlier this week, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh had accused the Kolkata Police and the district administration of giving “lame excuse” for not allowing the rally. “The police delaying the matter by referring to the on-going examination and said that we will not be able to use loudspeakers during our program,” Ghosh said.
On the other hand, the commissioner of police, Anuj Sharma sent a directive to all police stations as well as the deputy commissioners asking them to be on high alert after the Delhi violence.