Amit Shah attacks Mamata govt citing India Today report on why BJP’s rath yatra was stalled

BJP president Amit Shah

BJP president Amit Shah at an election rally on Saturday. (Image: PTI)

At a rally in Maharashtra’s Pune, BJP chief Amit Shah targeted the West Bengal government citing India Today’s investigation, ‘Operation Rath Yatra’, which showed that the BJP rath yatra was cancelled on the orders of top officials and not because of any threat to communal harmony.

“A channel showed a sting. It makes clear there is no law-and-order problem in (West) Bengal. In fact, Mamata Didi is worried and, therefore, created panic,” Amit Shah said on Friday.

Speaking at the rally on Saturday, Shah pulled up the Mamata Banerjee government for stalling his state-wide extensive campaign ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Amit Shah had planned to kick off the state-wide campaign tours from West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district on December 7, South 24 Parganas on December 9, and from Birbhum on December 14.

The Mamata Banerjee government denied permission, citing intelligence reports about threat to communal harmony. When the BJP challenged the ban, the Supreme Court rejected its plea, saying “apprehension expressed by the state government are not unfounded”.

As the political heat grew over the row, India Today’s Special Investigation Team penetrated West Bengal’s intelligence apparatus to determine how potentially dangerous the proposed Rath Yatra could have been if allowed in the state.