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BJP’s ‘rath yatra’ in Bengal: SC to hear plea

The BJP had approached the apex court seeking permission to hold the campaign 'Save Democracy Rally' aka rath yatra, which would cover 42 parliamentary constituencies in Bengal ahead of the 2019 general elections

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday agreed to hear on 7 January the West Bengal BJP’s plea against a Calcutta High Court order not allowing its Rath Yatra in the state.

The matter was mentioned for urgent hearing before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul, which agreed to hear it on 7 January.

The party had approached the apex court seeking permission to hold the campaign ‘Save Democracy Rally’, which would cover 42 parliamentary constituencies in the state ahead of the 2019 general elections. 

It had challenged the December 21 order of a division bench of the high court which had set aside the order of a single judge allowing the yatra.

In the plea, the BJP had said that their fundamental right to hold a peaceful yatra cannot be withheld.

The party had planned to launch the yatra from three districts of the state.

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