In a surprising turn of events, Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ encountered a significant obstacle as the Trinamool Congress (TMC)-led government in West Bengal denied permission for the yatra to enter the Siliguri region. This development has added a new layer of complexity to the political landscape, shedding light on the strained relationship between the Congress Party and the Trinamool Congress in the state.
The yatra, which commenced in Assam and reached Bakshirhat in the Cooch Behar region of northern West Bengal, took an unexpected pause on its twelfth day as Rahul Gandhi departed for Delhi. The journey, designed to unite the country against perceived injustices by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), is set to resume on the 28th of January, with Siliguri as the next destination.
Senior Additional Advocate General of Assam and National Spokesperson for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Nalin Kohli raised questions about the denial of permission for the yatra in Siliguri. Kohli, in a statement, emphasized that it is now the responsibility of the Congress Party and the Trinamool Congress to provide clarity on the circumstances surrounding the refusal.
“It is really for the Congress party and the Trinamool Congress to explain that. Why this news about Rahul Gandhi ji’s yatra not getting permission in West Bengal in Siliguri is happening,” stated the Senior Additional Advocate General.
The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, expressed her displeasure with the Congress, highlighting a lack of communication. “They did not have the courtesy to inform me,” said Banerjee, indicating a breakdown in coordination between the two parties. The TMC has unequivocally stated that they will not participate in Rahul Gandhi’s yatra, underscoring the evident discord between them.
As political speculations rise, the denial of permission raises questions about the underlying dynamics between the Congress Party and the Trinamool Congress. The rift between the two parties seems to be widening, with this incident acting as a visible manifestation of the growing tension.
In the coming days, all eyes will be on the resumption of the ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ on January 28th and the unfolding events in Siliguri. The political landscape in West Bengal continues to evolve, and the repercussions of this denial may have broader implications for the political alliances and narratives shaping the state’s future.