Calcutta, Oct 6 (PTI) : The Communist Party of India (Marxist) said on Saturday that Kolkata Police had declined to allow the Calcutta district Left Front to hold a rally in the city on October 9, citing law and order issues, but it would go ahead with its plans.
CPM leader Surjya Kanta Mishra, the leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly, alleged that the police had been “instructed and misused” by the state government to gag the voice of the Opposition.
Left Front sources said that the rally, proposed to be held in front of the headquarters of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, was planned to highlight the Trinamool Congress government's 'failure' to combat the dengue outbreak in the city and some districts as also 'corrupt deals' in the installation of trident lamp posts in municipal corporation areas in the metropolis.
They alleged that the police did not delay in giving permission to a rally addressed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee but had taken a 'rigid stand' in case of the Opposition parties on the 'plea' of law and order.
“We will hold the rally despite the police disallowing any such meeting at the venue on October 9,” they added.
Police authorities were, however, not available for comment.