Bengal Assembly Election: Police Cancel Asaduddin Owaisi's Kolkata Rally Ahead Of Polls: AIMIM Leader
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi's Kolkata rally - to kickstart the party's campaign ahead of Bengal Assembly election due in April-May - has been cancelled after the police refused permission, party leader Zameerul Hasan was quoted by news agency PTI on Wednesday night.
Mr Hasan said the party - which the Trinamool has attacked as one "brought in to divide Muslim votes (that would normally fall to the ruling party)" - had applied for permission 10 days ago, and were only informed of the rejection this evening.
"We had applied 10 days back for permission. But today we were informed by the police that they will not permit us to hold the rally... we can't be cowed down by such tactics of the ruling Trinamool. We will discuss and soon announce a fresh date," Mr Hasan said.
Thursday's rally was to have taken place in the Muslim-dominated Metiabruz area of Kolkata - which falls in the parliamentary constituency represented by Abhishek Banerjee, who is Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew - and be headlined by Mr Owaisi.