Shivaji Park made silence zone; politicians upset
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court's interim order
on Shivaji Park here has upset politicians, with Maharashtra
Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal terming the decision as
"I do respect the HC's decision, but it is sad that the
Shivaji Park ground would not be allowed for general rallies
and programmes," Bhujbal told reporters here.
The High Court today directed the Municipal Corporation
of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) to notify Shivaji Park, the favourite
venue of political parties for rallies, as a "silence zone".
"The park is a historic place, and many big leaders
including Indira Gandhi have addressed people there. Rallies
organised by the parties is a part of democracy to express
their view," he said.
The sprawling park is also the venue of Shiv Sena's
annual Dussehra rally.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray said "this
is a very harsh decision."
"It is true that the ground should be reserved for
players instead of other programmes. But MCGM can hike the
rent of the ground so that limited programmes would take
place," Raj said.
The court, in response to a PIL, said programmes can be
held at the park only on December 6 (death anniversary of B R
Ambedkar), May 1 (Maharashtra foundation day) and on January