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Mamata scared of BJP rath yatra, strangling democracy:Shah

New Delhi : BJP president Amit Shah on Friday launched a sharp attack on the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her government’s refusal to permit his party to take out a rath yatra (rally) in the state.

“Mamata Banerjee is strangling democracy in the state…. she is scared,” he said hours after the BJP challenged the court order that refused to allow the party to launch its much-publicised rally that was to be flagged off by BJP chief Amit Shah.

The court had gone by the government’s assessment that the march could go disturb the law and order situation in the state.

The BJP?had planned three so-called ‘rath yatras’, including the one in Cooch Behar, covering most of the parliamentary seats and 294 assembly constituencies over the next one-and-a-half months. Similar marches, which are seen as an effort to expand the party’s footprint for the 2019 elections next year, were scheduled to begin in Gangasagar on December 9 and in Tarapith on December 14.