Tamil Nadu Assembly polls | No crackers, victory rallies, HC tells political parties
The Madras High Court on Friday mentioned leaders of all political parties “should” make sure that their rank and file preserve a level of self-discipline and train excessive restraint whether or not in celebration or in any other case proper from the day of counting of Assembly election votes scheduled on Sunday until the day the grim state of affairs brought on by the second wave of COVID-19 subsides.
Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy wrote: “The leaders of the political parties should keep the rank and file in check and ensure that there is no bursting of crackers or taking out of rallies, particularly on the day of counting, and till such time that the present grim situation continues. Leaders of political parties are requested to take a proactive stand in such regard and lead by example.”
The interim orders had been handed on a suo motu public curiosity litigation petition taken up by the court docket to observe the COVID-19 state of affairs within the State. Observing that the counting day was the rapid concern, the judges hoped that the political parties, media personnel and residents would strictly adhere to the COVID-19 protocol laid down by the Election Commission of India and the State authorities.
The court docket needed all stakeholders to scrupulously comply with the norms and cooperate with the authorities within the better public curiosity.
In as far as Puducherry was involved, the court docket directed the officers to maintain a verify on personal liquor shops and make sure that liquor was not being offered clandestinely regardless of an order handed by the administration to shut down all liquor outlets and bars. The judges directed the governments to encourage the folks to get vaccinated.