Calcutta, Sept. 19: BJP leader Uma Bharti today said the Bengal government had not granted her permission for a “non-political campaign on conservation of natural resources” in some parts of the state.
The MLA from Charkhari in Uttar Pradesh plans to organise a five-day campaign named Abiram Nirmal Dhara to create awareness on the importance of the Ganga and the need to clean it up.
Starting from the banks of the Hooghly at Gangasagar in South 24-Parganas on September 21, Uma will travel up to Farakka in Murshidabad, passing through Howrah, Calcutta, North 24-Parganas, Hooghly, Burdwan and Nadia.
The organisers said that despite initially being granted permission for the campaign at Amtala and Bishnupur in South 24-Parganas, they were informed that they would not be allowed to hold their programme at those two places.
“The police tore the permission letters and we were told we could not be granted permission as the campaign would disrupt communal harmony,” the spokesperson said.
The police said permission was not granted because of security reasons.