Tractor rally leading to blockades, High Court told - ECAS Punjab

Tractor rally leading to blockades, High Court told

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5

The alleged dual policy adopted by the Punjab Government on the issue of holding rallies today came under judicial scanner, with a farmers' body alleging that the state — on one hand — had undertaken to clear "blockages" after following the law laid down by the Supreme Court and instructions issued from time to time. On the other hand, the state government was itself "out to block the roads from October 4 to October 6 for the tractor rally".

The applicant, through counsel Baltej Singh Sidhu, added an urgent situation had arisen in Punjab, where the ruling party was holding a series of tractor roadshows under senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Sunil Jakhar, resulting in blockades on roads in the state.

Sidhu said the country was already fighting the Covid-19 pandemic and the rally would lead to its spread and also affect emergency services. Sidhu added that appropriate directions were required to be issued to the authorities concerned to take immediate action for preventing illegal blockade of the national and state highways during the three-day tractor rally.

Taking up the application, Justice S Muralidhar and Justice Avneesh Jhingan issued a notice of motion to the state and other respondents for Tuesday. It will come up with another petition filed by advocate HC Arora, seeking a ban on political rallies involving participation of more than 100 persons, particularly by the ruling political party, in Punjab.

from The Tribune

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