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Kolkata Municipal Corporation denies permission for Shah’s rally

Amit Shah, the president of the BJP, will not be able to hold a rally in the heart of Kolkata on Sunday,  the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) ruled on Thursday. The BJP had applied as early as July for permission to hold a public meeting outside Victoria House in the city’s busy office district, where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee holds an annual rally in memory of her party’s martyrs every July.

Earlier, the city police said that Shah’s meeting would cause inconvenience for commuters since a major traffic intersection is located at the venue. Alleging discrimination, the BJP has refused to consider an alternative location for the meeting. “This must be a record in India...perhaps it can be entered in the Guinness book... We have to go to court three times to get permission for this venue,” said BJP’s state chief Rahul Sinha after the corporation turned down his party’s application on Thursday.

It is known that the corporation objected to details like the size of the stage, the direction of staircases at the stage. The BJP is going to the Calcutta High Court on Friday for the third time in ten 10 days asking it to rule in its favour. In earlier hearings, the judge has said that the party must first seek clearances from local fire safety officials and the city corporation.

Shah, who is credited with the BJP's landslide victories in key states like Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, has asked his party workers in Bengal to mobilise a new recruitment drive in the state.

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