New Delhi: In a queue of controversy of west BJP vs. West YMC a new turn seem as the West Bengal BJP has opened the new front against the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government by moving a fresh petition in the Supreme Court over ban on the use of loudspeakers in residential areas and educational institutions. The BJP has termed it as an attempt to muzzle its voice. Challenging the validity of a February 2013 order issued by the Mamata government banning loudspeakers in residential areas or near educational institutions, the BJP has said it violates the party’s right to garner public support and is an infringement on the right to free speech. CJI Ranjan Gogoi will hear the petition today.
This issue arise as in fresh petition that comes close on the heels of Bengal government disallowing the party’s Rath Yatra. After the SC directive the government only permitted political meetings and rallies but according to the BJP, such notification banning loudspeakers comes with the intent that the BJP doesn’t hold any rallies or meetings before the upcoming Lok Sabha elections this year.
Wset BJP fresh petition says it has passed with an ulterior motive and goes on to say that it has been designed to create an impediment in the activity of BJP, a political party which has a significant presence in the state for building up public support for the ensuing election.
BJP also says that checking noise pollution especially at the time when exams are to be held in the state appears to be within legitimate purpose however a blanket ban on the use of microphones near residential areas or educational institutions virtually results in a complete ban. The BJP is engaged in a bitter fight against the TMC in the state since the 2014 Lok Sabha elections when the saffron party’s vote share increased nearly three times.