It turned out to be a tug of between West Bengal chief minister and Uttar Pradesh chief minister on Tuesday after TMC chief Mamata Banerjee denied permission to BJP leader Yogi Adityanath's rally to take place in the Purulia district of the state. Earlier, the TMC-led West Bengal government had denied U.P CM's chopper to land in the state land.
However, even after being denied permission for chopper landing, Uttar Pradesh CM kept his spirits high and set off to Mamata's turf on road via Jharkhand. He landed in Jharkhand’s Bokaro on Tuesday and then travelled to West Bengal’s Purulia district by road to address a public rally.
Here's what Republic's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami had to say on the matter:
Mamata Banerjee has not lost in the courts alone. She has lost in the eyes of public perception and by panicking each time a BJP leader comes to her state, the latest being Yogi Adityanath— she’s looking like she’s lost the battle of nerves. There was no need to go for a dharna to support a police officer under scrutiny for a case of corruption. And the Mahagathbandhan did not support her like she expected they would. As a result, she had to fly down Chandrababu Naidu to do the mandatory act of requesting her to call off the dharna, which she promptly did. As we get into general election mode, this election has become without a doubt Modi vs all. Modi VA Mamata, Modi Vs Mayawati, Modi Vs Naidu, Modi vs Pawar, Modi vs the rest. Has the alliance played brilliantly into Modi’s hands?
There has been a running feud between the Mamata Banerjee government and the Centre over various issues, denying permission for rallies by the BJP being one of the most critical ones. Prior to Yogi Adityanath, BJP national president Amit Shah's chopper was also denied landing on the Mamata's turf.
On Sunday, West Bengal government denied Yogi Adityanath’s hopper landing ahead of his two rallies in West Bengal due to which he had to address the gathering waiting for him at the rally over telephone.
Meanwhile, a high-level BJP delegation submitted a memorandum to an Election Commission panel, accusing Mamata's Trinamool Congress government of not allowing its political programmes in the state, seeking the EC's intervention such that the Lok Sabha polls can be held in a "free and fair" manner.