Puducherry, July 28 (UNI) Bharathiya Janata Party(BJP) National Council member Swaminathan was today forced to drop his agitation to protest against unscheduled power cuts in Puducherry, as the police withdrew permission granted to him earlier, in the last minute.
Mr Swaminathan had applied for police permission for the agitation and the police granted it.
However, in the meantime, BJP State President M Visweswaran called on senior police officials and urged them not to grant permission to Mr Swaminathan under the BJP banner, since he was already expelled from the party .
Following Mr Visweswaran's request, police withdrew the permission and asked Mr Swaminathan to drop the agitation plan.
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