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Final nod for PM's rally at Kwakhali ground in Siliguri comes at eleventh hour

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Mar 30 2019 7:32PM
Final nod for PM's rally at Kwakhali ground in Siliguri comes at eleventh hour
Siliguri/Kolkata, Mar.30 (HS): Ending all controversies surroundoing the selection of venue of Prime minister Narendra Modi ''s first election rally at Siliguri in North Bengal on 3 April, the Darjeeling police today gave its much awaited ''green signal'' for holding the rally at the well known football ground at Kawakhali area on the outskirt of the city. Huge controversy cropped up between the state leaderaship of BJP and the Darjeeling District Administration for the past four days since no permission was granted by the West Bengal police to use the Kawakhali ground for the Prime minister''s rally on security reasons forcing the state BJP leaders to look for alternative venues in nearby areas in view of the importance of the rally. ''Finding the deliberate dilly dallying tactics of the state police for granting the necessary permission for the Kawakhali ground unbearable, we decided to hold the Prime minister''s rally in another ground even if that was smaller'', BJP state President Dilip Ghosh told Hindusthan Samachar here today adding that finally good sense prevailed among the district police officials and they finally granted the permission today. Asked about the alternative ground for the PM''s rally, Ghosh said they had also finalized to get the railway ground in the city in case the Kwakhali ground was not allotted to them. Incidentally Prime minister on his arrival at Bagdogra Airport at around 10 a.m. on 3 April would fly to the Kawakhali ground, about 30 km away in a helicopter, to address his first election rally in Bengal before leaving for Kolkata the same afternoon to address his second rally at the historic Brigade Parade Ground the same afternoon which is being fully covered to protect the party workers and others from any inclement weather. It may be recalled that BJP president Amit Shah began his election rally in Bengal by holding his first rally at nearby Alipurduar, also in North Bengal, yesterday where he gave a clarion call to unseat Trinamool Congress in the state by winning at least 23 of the 42 seats. Hindusthan Samachar/Ankur/Pramod \
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