Relenting under intense and mounting pressure in West Bengal and elsewhere in the country and even abroad, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is now willing to shift the venue of its proposed rally on January 14 from communally sensitive Kidderpore to Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata.
In an affidavit filed before the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday the RSS said that it had already sought and obtained permission from the army to hold the rally at Brigade.
The RSS would now have to get permission from the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, West Bengal Pollution Control Board and the PWD before it can expect to get a final nod from the Kolkata Police to go ahead with the rally, which would be attended by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. The case would come up for hearing on Wednesday.
Bidyut Mukherjee, Pranta Pracharak of RSS, West Bengal, said that the police was delaying the permission sought to hold the rally at Kidderpore and even at Shahid Minar Maidan following which, the organization decided to shift the venue to Brigade.
Observe24x7 had reported on Tuesday that the RSS was going full steam ahead to hold the rally in Kolkata’s Muslim dominated area of Kidderpore. The report generated widespread protests in India and abroad with readers expressing fears in the social media of a possible communal flare up.
Bhagwat is scheduled to visit Kolkata on January 13 and hold a series of meetings with RSS and BJP leaders till January 15 apart from leading the rally, wherever it is held.
Since October, West Bengal has seen several incidents of communal tensions across the state. As reported, though sketchily, these include: Jalangi in Murshidabad, Sankrail in Howrah, Telenipara in Hooghly, Naihati in North 24 Parganas, Bhagabanpur in Poorba Medinipur, Katwa and Ketugram in Bardhaman, Khargapur in Paschim Medinipur, Chanchal, Englishbazar and Kaliachak in Malda.