The West Bengal administration has denied permission for Rahul Gandhi's chopper to land in Siliguri after TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee stopped the likes of BJP bigwigs Amit Shah and Yogi Adityanath.
It is known that the permission has been denied ahead of the Congress president's public meeting in Siliguri on April 14 by the Siliguri Metropolitan Police.
In the past, the chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee has been known to obstruct her political rivals from holding a meeting in the state, be it chopper landings or Rath Yatras
Back in February, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath was first denied permission to land his chopper that was blocked by the TMC government from holding a public rally in Purulia.
The Uttar Pradesh CM was set to hold a rally in the Malda district of West Bengal on February 3. It was expected that his chopper would land at Balurghat, and he would leave for his rally from that spot. But the permission for helicopter landing was rejected.
The matter did not rest there and went to the courts. After two different judgments by the Calcutta High Court in December - the first bench giving a go-ahead to the Rath Yatra before the second bench denying permission - the BJP went to the Supreme Court. The apex court in January rejected BJP's plea of rath yatras for the time being but allowed them to conduct meetings and rallies in the state.
The political brawl bittered between the two parties over the issue after the TMC supremo blocked permission to BJP President Amit Shah to land his chopper in Malda ahead of his rally.
The West Bengal unit of the Congress called off seat-sharing talks with the CPI(M)-led Left Front for Lok Sabha polls, thus paving a path for a four-cornered contest in Bengal between the Trinamool Congress, BJP, Left Front and the Congress.