The Kolkata Police on Thursday denied permission to RSS to hold its proposed rally in the city on January 14, where organization chief Mohan Bhagwat‎ is scheduled to be present. RSS said it will go to Calcutta High Court on Friday, seeking intervention.

RSS, the ideological parent of the BJP, was scheduled to hold a rally at the Brigade Parade grounds in central Kolkata, after its first two choices for venue – Kidderpore and Shahid Minar Midan – were struck down.

The organisation had sought permission from the city police, claiming to have in possession a no-objection certificate from the Army, the official custodian of the rally ground.

The police said permission could be given if RSS also managed to get no-objection from the city civic body, the state pollution control board and the state public works department. On Friday, however, the police refused to give permission, asking the organisation to look for another venue.

‎On Wednesday, RSS had filed a petition with the Calcutta High Court praying for an order to make the police give permission at Brigade Parade grounds. They had pointed out in the petition that Kolkata Police had refused permission for their original venue, the Bhu Kailash grounds at Kidderpore.

The police turned down their request citing security concerns, given that Kidderpore in West Kolkata is a Muslim-dominated area, and also refused to allow the rally at Shahid Minar grounds in downtown Kolkata, stating that another event was scheduled at the spot on the same day.

Although Justice Joymalya Bagchi of Calcutta High Court on Thursday had rejected their petition on technical grounds, he had asked RSS to file a fresh application and had asked the police to reconsider it in 24 hours.

RSS spokesperson, Jishnu Basu said the organization expected the court to grant them permission to hold the rally at Brigade on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. He said there was no question of changing the date of the rally.

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