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BJP drops Rath Yatra plan in West Bengal

A day after the Supreme Court said West Bengal government’s concerns over Bharatiya Janata Party’s proposed Rath Yatra may not be unfounded and urged it to revise its plans, the party announced on Wednesday that it will host a series of rallies attended by party president Amit Shah.

State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said Mr. Shah would address five rallies in the State in January, soon after the Trinamool Congress’s mega rally at the Brigade Grounds on January 19 where senior anti-BJP leaders from various parties were likely to participate.

Mr. Ghosh said Prime Minister Narendra Modi would address a rally at Brigade Parade Grounds in February.

Alternative means

“We are looking at alternative means of connecting with the people,” Mr. Ghosh told journalists. The rath yatra, called ‘Save Democracy rally,’ remained suspended. The party would now call these rallies ‘Save Democracy meeting.’ Mr. Shah would address a rally at Malda on January 20. The next day, on January 21, he would address two public rallies at Suri in Birbhum district and at Jhargram. On January 22, he would address party supporters in South 24 Pargana district. It would be followed by another public meeting in Nadia. Mr Ghosh said the Prime Minister’s rally at Brigade Parade grounds may be scheduled for February 8.

The Left parties had also planned a rally at the venue on February 3.

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