The State Government on Wednesday urged the opposition parties not to hold demonstrations or take out processions that may cause any trouble during the ongoing high school and intermediate examinations and the festival of Holi.
Speaking to media persons Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh said the political parties should ensure that the protests or demonstrations remained disciplined. He said the State Government respected the leaders of all the political parties and they should also remain dignified. Singh referred to the Samajwadi Party's proposed protests across the state on March 17 and said the party had so far not sought any permission for holding the agitation programme. Singh said the political parties should keep in mind that the communal forces may also try to take advantage of such protests and foment trouble during the coming festival of Holi on March 19 and 20.
Singh said the Samajwadi Party had also not taken any permission for its protests on March 7 to 9. He said instead the party chief gave the party workers slogans of .na marenge na manenge' and 'jo apna khoon bahayega-vahi ticket payega' and provoked them to indulge in violence.
Singh said the party's agitation had caused a lot of inconvenience to the people. No damage should be caused to public property during such protests, he said. Despite the provocations from the SP's workers the State Government showed patience and did not get provoked, he said.
Singh quoted rulings of the Supreme Court and the High Court to make his point that officers of the State Government should not allow any damage to public property. He said the Allahabad High Court in the Sujauddin versus State Government case had ruled on December 2, 2010, “As and when any incident of damage to public property takes place, if such agitation/procession etc. has been called at the invitation or instance of a political party or a sitting or former people's representative, report shall be registered by concerned police station against such political party/person by name.” Singh quoted the Supreme Court's directives about the punishment in the cases of damage to the public property saying, “maximum punishment shall be imposed. For a lenient view, reasons shall be assigned.”