KOLKATA: The BJP on Saturday decided to move the Supreme Court against the Calcutta high court’s order on its proposed rath yatra in the state. The division bench of the high court had yesterday quashed a single bench order that had given a go-ahead to the ambitious roadshow of the saffron party.

BJP leaders, who held meetings with legal counsels in New Delhi on Saturday afternoon, are likely to move the court sometime next week.

“Party leaders in Delhi have decided to move the Supreme Court against the division bench order. Yatra schedule has already been postponed a few times, and we cannot delay it further,” Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said.

“Delhi leaders will decide on the date to move the Supreme Court by Monday morning,” Ghosh added.

Yesterday, the division bench of the high court observed that the trial court’s order was not based on the material facts.

Following the order, BJP leaders went into a huddle and started seeking legal opinions.

“In both the cases we will have to file a fresh petition. Examinations will start after February 10 in different schools. Given the time constraint, the case needs to move fast,” a BJP leader said.

The proposed yatra, which will cover 23 districts over a period of more than 40 days, includes at least 22 meetings in different Lok Sabha constituencies. While it will not be possible to touch each of the 78,000 booths in the state, thousands of upa-rath (smaller yatra) will start from districts and join the main yatra.

“We will either have to approach the single-judge bench again, or we can move the Supreme Court against the order. We are keeping no stone unturned to make the yatra successful as that will be a gamechanger in Bengal,” said BJP leader Jayprakash Majumdar.



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