The BJP on Monday claimed that permission for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's Kolkata rally on May 15 has been denied. The BJP had sought permission for a rally at 3 pm on May 15 in South Kolkata. Union Minister Smriti Irani's rally, too, has been denied permission.
BJP's Sunil Deodhar said, "Yogi Adityanath had to hold rallies in all 5 Lok Sabha seats of South 24 Parganas district on May 15 but EC denied permission. Smriti Irani Ji was supposed to come tomorrow, we planned an event of her in Jadavpur. They denied permission at the last minute."
Amit Shah too was scheduled to hold a rally in Jadavpur on Monday but the state administration denied permission for it last night and withdrew its nod to the Shah's chopper landing in the constituency, BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters in New Delhi.
He urged the Election Commission to take cognizance of the development, saying the state government wanted to reduce the poll panel to a mute spectator.
"This is murder of democracy. The EC should take cognizance of the matter. If important leaders are not allowed to hold rallies then what is the meaning of elections," Javadekar said.
He said the West Bengal administration has been denying permission to Shah's poll programmes and events of other important BJP leaders.
Banerjee's dictatorship is on full play in the state, he said, criticising the chief minister and Trinamool Congress president.