Congress candidate from Kolkata North constituency Somen Mitra had written to the civic authorities seeking permission for the rally but it was turned down.
TMC said the decision to deny permission to Rahul's rally was administrative
The Congress lashed out at the TMC, accusing it of maintaining double standards. It said although party supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was attacking BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in the open, the two sides actually had a secret understanding. State Congress leader Pradeep Bhattacharya said the TMC was afraid of Rahul Gandhi and was keeping a relation with Modi behind the curtain.
Sources in the TMC said it was an administrative decision and the party had no say in it.
The Congress later said that its vice-president's rally would be held near the Shahid Minar ground, which is under the Army's jurisdiction. Rahul Gandhi had addressed a rally in the same venue in March for the Congress didn't get permission to use the Park Circus Maidan then as well since examinations were underway.