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No dhols in polls, warns Dadwal

Politicians will have to do away with their ubiquitous drums and dhols on the campaign trail this year. The use of such instruments is banned in Delhi.

delhi Updated: Apr 17, 2009 00:19 IST
Vijaita Singh

Politicians will have to do away with their ubiquitous drums and dhols on the campaign trail this year. The use of such instruments is banned in Delhi.

Police commissioner Y.S. Dadwal, at a meeting with political parties, said “no drums or dhols will be used in any padyatra” by political aspirants.

The provision is part of the “model code of conduct” to be followed by the parties in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Section 29 (E) of the Delhi Police Act, 1978, prohibits playing of drums, tom-toms and other instruments and the blowing of horns or other noisy instruments in any street or public place.

The contravention of the said order is punishable under Section 113 of the Delhi Police Act by a fine of Rs 200. Prohibition on beating of drums would be applicable in Delhi as it has a provision under the Delhi Police Act.

“The police chief apprised the representatives of all political parties that action would be taken against them if they do not adhere to the rules of not playing the drums,” said a senior police officer who attended the meeting.

Representatives of 23 political parties attended the meeting on Wednesday.

The police chief said that Section 144 Cr Pc has been invoked at the offices of returning officers to avoid any overcrowding and to strictly adhere to the clause allowing four persons with a candidate when he/she goes to file the nomination. “Distribution of any calendar, diary, ear ring, chain etc in any public meeting is a violation of code of conduct,” he added.