Uma Bharati issues challenge to Bengal government

Last Updated: Wed, Sep 19, 2012 12:45 hrs

Kolkata: After being denied permission by the West Bengal government to hold rallies to mark the commencement of 'Ganga Samagra Yatra' at Gangasagar area in the South 24 Parganas district, senior BJP leader Uma Bharati on Wednesday challenged the state government to stop her from holding a rally.

"If the government wants to put me in jail, then they can do it. Nobody can stop me from holding the 'Ganga Samagra Yatra' on Friday," Bharati told reporters here.

"The state administration has allowed me to hold 'Ganga Arti'. But they have denied permission for any rally and procession. This is unfair. It is totally an apolitical event but if the state government wants to create a problem and make it a political issue then I am ready for it," the former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh said.

Bharati stated that the 'Ganga Samagra Yatra' is an awareness campaign - which will start from Gangasagar and will end at Gangotri - to keep the river Ganga clean and pollution free.

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