Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Lok Satta welcomes HC decision on road shows

The Lok Satta Party today welcomed the Andhra Pradesh High Court permitting road shows provided they do not inconvenience people.

Party spokesman Katari Srinivasa Rao and Working Committee member N. Ravinder told the media that the Lok Satta has along maintained that political parties cannot violate citizens’ fundamental rights by turning roads meant for free flow of traffic to demonstrate their strength. The party as a matter of principle is also opposed to rasta rokos and bandhs as they abridged people’s freedoms.

The High Court, they said, was right in restricting the number of vehicles, banning roadside speeches, and limiting the processions to one side of the road as essential.

The Lok Satta Party suggested that the Government convene an all-party meeting and hammer out a consensus on the implementation of the High Court directives. The Government should not give scope for allegations of partiality in permitting road shows especially in the election year.

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