ABVP moves court for permission to hold Telangana rally
The ABVP, the student wing of the BJP, Friday approached the Andhra Pradesh High Court after it was denied permission by the police to hold a public meeting here Saturday to press the demand for statehood to Telangana.india Updated: Jan 22, 2010 13:28 IST
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Friday approached the Andhra Pradesh High Court after it was denied permission by the police to hold a public meeting here Saturday to press the demand for statehood to Telangana.
The student group argues that it has a democratic right to hold public meetings. It hopes the court would allow it to hold the same.
The ABVP plans to mobilise thousands of students from different parts of Telangana for the meeting called 'Vidyarthi Ranabheri' to be held at Nizam College grounds.
Several pro-Telangana political parties and organisations have urged the government to permit ABVP to hold the meeting. Many apolitical organisations have also declared their support to the meeting and have appealed to people to attend in large numbers to send a strong signal to the central government.
Leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj is expected to address the meeting. ABVP leader R. Shashidhar Reddy said the Congress government had denied permission as it was afraid of the presence of the BJP leader.
The high court had allowed students of Osmania University to hold a similar meeting Jan 3 after the police had denied permission for the same.