Hyderabad police deny permission to J P Nadda’s peace rally
The Hyderabad police have denied permission to BJP President J P Nadda’s candle march rally. On Tuesday the Telangana unit denied permission to a rally, which was organized as a peace march to protest the arrest of the party’s Telangana unit president and MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar.
The candlelight rally had been organized from Mahatma Gandhi Statue, Ranigunj to Paradise X Roads in Secunderabad on Tuesday evening. The rally was to be led by Nadda and several BJP leaders including the Union Minister for Tourism and Culture G Kishan Reddy were to participate in it.
The police have cited the orders banning public meetings and rallies in view of the COVID-19 situation, the city police refused to give permission.
Hyderabad Police Commissioner C V Anand said, “Permission was denied keeping in mind the COVID-19 restrictions on public meetings and rallies. Since Government Order (GO) MS 1 is in force, permission for any rallies cannot be given.”
BJP MP and unit president Sanjay Bandi was arrested in Karimnagar town on Sunday night when he was staging a night-long protest demanding the government to amend orders relating to transfers of government employees and teachers. The Karimnagar MP was booked for violating Disaster Management Act and for attacking police personnel. A magistrate on Monday sent him and four others to judicial custody for 14 days.
Condemning the arrests, Nadda said that the BJP will take all democratic recourse to fight against the autocratic measures of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government. The BJP has called for a state-wide protest for 14 days against the arrest and alleged that Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is using undemocratic means to suppress the peaceful protests.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Kishan Reddy visited Karimnagar jail and called on Bandi Sanjay. He later visited Sanjay’s office and alleged that the police attacked the MP and his supporters when they were holding a peaceful protest on the premises.
Talking to reporters, Kishan Reddy said that he wondered if Covid rules apply only to BJP. He asked why the rallies and meetings of ministers and TRS leaders were allowed. He alleged that the state government was implicating BJP leaders in false cases but made it clear that they will not be afraid of such tactics.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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