Kolkata, Nov 30: BJP national president Amit Shah on Sunday said the permission given by Calcutta High Court for his rally in Kolkata is a victory of the masses.
"After several hurdles and obstacles by the state government, I will address a public rally in Kolkata today. The permission given by the High Court is the victory of masses," Shah said in a Facebook post after arriving here.
Shah's rally was given the green signal on Saturday by the city municipal corporation and the fire department.
The Calcutta High Court had on Friday appointed two special officers to ensure compliance of fire services and municipal rules in the public meeting, observing that the government should not be rigid in the compliance of these rules while granting permission.
Earlier, the Trinamool Congress-run Kolkata Municipal Corporation refused to grant permission to BJP president Amit Shah's rally following which BJP approached the High Court seeking justice and restoration of democracy.
"It has been decided by the KMC authority in the light of a report submitted by a group of engineers that the application suffers from deficiency and as such the prayer of the petitioner may not be acceded to as decided by the KMC," Commissioner of KMC Khalil Ahmed said in his communication to the BJP.
Criticising the KMC's stand, state BJP president Rahul Sinha had said that the TMC was afraid of the BJP and by "declaring undeclared emergency, it was trying to gag the voice of the Opposition".
(With agency inputs)