No permission taken by SP to hold protest: UP govt

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 15:44

Lucknow: With Samajwadi Party all set to
observe a protest day across the state on Thursday, the Uttar
Pradesh government on Wednesday said that no permission has been
taken for the same and asked the political parties to practice
restrain in holding agitations and processions.

"The UP government is of the view that in
democratic system political parties should put forth their
views in a disciplined manner and should not disturb the law
and order situation or loss of property as agitations affect
common people most," Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh
told reporters here.

He said that information has been received that SP has
announced to observe protest day across the state tomorrow.

"The party has not taken any permission from the
administration either in Lucknow or any other district to
organise meeting, procession or demonstration," Singh said.

He said that during SP`s three-day protest from March
7, a lot of problems and inconvenience was faced by the
people," the Cabinet Secretary said.

He said that from time to time the Supreme Court has also
issued stern directives on the issue and they were binding on
the state government.

"The court`s directive would be strictly enforced in
case of loss to any private or public property," he said.

He said that a request is being made to all political
parties to maintain peace and tranquillity in the state.

"They should not take any step so that problems are
being faced by the people. Political parties and leaders
should behave as per their dignity," Singh said.

He said that as high school and intermediate exams are
starting from tomorrow, political parties should keep in mind
that problems are not faced by students.

"Besides Holi festival will be celebrated on March 19
and 20 and communal forces taking benefit of agitations and
demonstrations can make an effort to disturb communal harmony
in the state," the Cabinet Secretary said.

"In the interest of the state it is a humble request
that political parties should remain disciplined and cooperate
in maintaining law and order," he added.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 15:44

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