UP opposition parties slam new protest guidelines

Last Updated: Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 16:17

Lucknow: The Opposition on Thursday termed the new
tougher guidelines for holding protest demonstrations in Uttar
Pradesh as "undemocratic" and "akin to undeclared emergency."
"The (ruling) BSP does not believe in democracy or its
principles and the fresh move is yet another indication of its
fascist thinking," Samajwadi Party spokesman Rajendra
Chaudhary told agency.

"The BSP has never participated in any of the people`s
movement and this move is to check other political parties
from highlighting the issues concerning the people of the
state as well as the shortcomings of the BSP misrule,"
Chaudhary said.

The BJP spokesperson Vijay Pathak said the order to
penalise the political parties and social organisations for
the damage to public or private property during
demonstrations, processions and strikes is "akin to undeclared
emergency."
"In democracy it is the right of political parties and
others to air their views against the government and the Uttar
Pradesh government is out to gag all voices of dessent...
(this is) akin to undeclared emergency."

The Congress spokesperson Subodh Srivasatava
termed the move as a fascist method to gag people from
protesting the ruling establishment . "This only proves the
fears of the ruling party."

Principal Secretary (Home) Kunwar Fateh Bahadur,
yesterday, said: "In case of damage to public or private
property, compensation would be realised from the organisers
and legal action be taken. In case of political party it will
be the responsibility of the district, state and national
presidents."

Bahadur said in case of non-payment of compensation, it
would be realised like land revenue, as noted that the
organisers would be required to give an undertaking that their
agitation would be peaceful.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 16:17

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