September 22, 2019 | 3:31 AM IST
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SPG worries as Didi suddenly plans rally close to PM’s venue; Writes to DGP

The Special Protection Group (SPG), responsible for PM Narendra Modi’s security, is concerned after Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee suddenly scheduled a rally at Mathurapur before the Prime minister’s rally on Thursday.

The SPG inspector general Yashwant K Jethwa has written Bengal DGP P Gyatso showing serious concern over the law and order situation at the venue of PM’s rally- especially after the violence meted out during the recent roadshow of BJP national president Amit Shah. The political parties are campaigning for the final and seventh phase of 17th Lok Sabha elections which is scheduled for May 19.

The letter read, “The public meeting of CM/WB has suddenly been scheduled for May 16, 2019 at Achna (6/7 kms from VSSU/PM meeting venue) Mathurapur from 13:00 hrs -14:00 hrs. As the venue and timings are close to the venue and timings of PM programme, law and order situation due to confrontation between supporters of both groups cannot be ruled out. This may be looked into and steps may be taken to prevent any untoward incident.”
It may be noted that, on Wednesday, the Election Commission banned campaigneering in West Bengal from Thursday 10 pm a day before its actual date owing to the violence between BJP and TMC. 
The PM is scheduled to address two rallies in West Bengal – at Mathurapur and Dum Dum.

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