A public meeting project of Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday was canceled after the district administration denied permission to the helicopter to land near the site. Congress accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of refusing this authorization. "Since Rahul Gandhi was targeting Mamata Banerjee at his public meetings in West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress has deliberately used the administration to deny permission for the congressman's rally in Siliguri," said Congressman and MP of Rajya Sabha, Pradip Bhattacharya.
Congressman and Darjeeling candidate Sankar Malakar said the party had asked permission from the authorities on April 7, but it was denied on April 12. Mr. Malakar stated that the party was not in a position to make any other arrangements for a public meeting of the Congress President. . During his two public meetings in West Bengal, Mr. Gandhi launched scathing attacks on the Trinamool Congress and targeted Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, accusing him of running the administration according to his own whims and fancies within the state.
At the same time, at a rally in Siliguri on Saturday, Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, urged congressional supporters not to vote for the party and "squander" their votes.
Bhattacharya said Ms. Banerjee was trying to fool Congress supporters by making such comments. "She should realize that in the Darjeeling Lok Sabha headquarters, the Congress has two seated MPs," he said.