In the latest chapter of the BJP's tussle with the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal, the state government, on Sunday, denied permission for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's chopper to land.
Additionally, the state government also withdrew permission for Adityanath's rallies, to be held in Balurghat and Raigunj, without any prior notice.
Here are the details.
Mamata Banerjee afraid of Adityanath's popularity, claims aide
"This is the result of Adityanath's popularity that Mamata Banerjee has not even allowed us to land the chopper," Mritunjay Kumar, Information Advisor to Adityanath, told news agency ANI.
The BJP has planned a string of rallies in WB
The rallies were part of BJP's plans to hold 200 public meetings in West Bengal by February 8 to boost its electoral prospects ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Apart from Adityanath, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Smriti Irani, and Dharmendra Pradhan are also slated to hold rallies in West Bengal.
PM Modi kicked off the BJP's WB campaign on Saturday
Prior to Adityanath being denied permission to land, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday, kicked off BJP's Lok Sabha election campaign in West Bengal by addressing two rallies in Durgapur and Thakurnagar.
During the rallies, PM Modi accused the Mamata Banerjee government of trampling democracy.
"The people who were on the stage at Brigade didn't use to see each other face to face 4 years ago. Now, they were hugging each other. They are afraid of this chowkidaar," PM Modi said on the Opposition rally that was held at Brigade Parade Grounds in Kolkata.
Earlier, Amit Shah was also denied permission to land
Notably, this isn't the first time that the West Bengal government has pulled off such a thing.
Earlier, it had denied BJP chief Amit Shah's chopper permission to land at the Malda airstrip citing construction work.
However, hours after the Mamata Banerjee government was accused of trying to obstruct the BJP's rallies, permission was granted to Shah.