Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Sunday denied permission for Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s helicopter to land in the state ahead of a poll rally.
Adityanath’s information advisor blamed West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee for the development.
Mritunjay Kumar, Information Advisor to CM Yogi Adityanath told ANI: “Ye UP CM ki lokpriyata ka hi asar hai ki Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal CM) ne helicopter landing ka permission tak nahi diya.”
Adityanath was scheduled to address two “Ganatantra Bacaho Rallies” at Balurghat in South Dinajpur district and Raiganj in North Dinajpur district today.
According to state BJP sources, Adityanath will now address the rallies through teleconferencing. The BJP workers staged a protest outside the South Dinajpur district magistrate’s house over the denial of permission.
“This is the result of Adityanath’s popularity that Mamata Banerjee has not even allowed us to land the chopper,” Mritunjay Kumar, Information Advisor to Yogi Adityanath told ANI.
Reacting to the development, BJP leader Mukul Roy called it “undemocratic attitude of the government. “Ultimately, BJP will get permission at Balurghat. There is a regular airport at Balurghat. What is the harm of giving permission to land helicopter on that regular helipad? So, it is absolutely undemocratic attitude of the govt of West Bengal,” the former TMC leader told ANI.
The BJP had earlier alleged that the TMC government in West Bengal tried to obstruct party president Amit Shah’s rally in Jhargram amid reports that Shah’s chopper was not allowed to land in the district. The government approved the chopper to land at a nearby helipad on January 23.
Earlier Banerjee had said on Adityanath’s comments: “They need not think about West Bengal, which is capable of looking after itself, it does not need anybody from outside. Ask Narendra Modi to look after New Delhi. Will Modi be able to win from Varanasi? Ask Yogi Adityanath to look after his own state (Uttar Pradesh),” she said.
The rallies were a part of the BJP’s plan of organising up to 200 public meetings in the state by February 8 to boost its electoral prospects ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Apart from Adityanath, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani and Dharmendra Pradhan and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan are among those who will address the party’s rallies in the state.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday kickstarted the saffron party’s campaign in West Bengal for the coming Lok Sabha election by addressing two rallies in Durgapur and Thakurnagar.
Accusing the Mamata Banerjee-led government of trampling democracy, he said, “TMC doesn’t take interest in initiating development projects where there is no share for the syndicate…where there is no ‘malai’ (cream).”
He also took a dig at the Opposition’s rally organised by Mamata Banerjee in which over 20 leaders from across political parties came together to take on the Modi government in Lok Sabha elections. “The people who were on the stage at Brigade didn’t use to see each other face to face 4 years ago. Now, they were hugging each other. They are afraid of this chowkidaar,” PM Modi said.