Kolkata, Thu Sep 20 2012, 02:38 hrs
She has not been allowed to hold public event at Gangasagar
BJP leader and former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Uma Bharti on Wednesday dared West Bengal government to arrest her after the administration withdrew the permission to hold a public event at Gangasagar from where she was scheduled to begin her Ganga Yatra on Friday.
“It was planned to be a non-political event where I had invited all, irrespective of their political inclinations, to join the yatra from Gangasagar to Gangotri,” said Uma reiterating that purpose of the yatra is to make people aware of the pollution of the holy river.
According to the BJP leader, on Monday they has received the necessary permission to hold the event. But on Friday she was told over phone that though she could go to Gangasagar, she will not be allowed to hold public meeting or procession or make any announcements.
“I am told there could be a law and order problem. I fail to understand how. I will continue with the yatra as per schedule and the state government can put me to jail if it wanted to,” she told mediapersons and promised to return on Friday as she left the city to take part in the bandh called by the BJP and other political parties.
“The state government is playing politics over it and I would request Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to change her mind and to join the yatra,” Uma added.
She also said that it was unfortunate that the ruling Trinamool was looking the event through a communal view point. “Ganga belongs to everyone and we had sent out invitation to even the masjid heads. In fact, what the government is doing is dangerous for the communal harmony in the state,” she said.