Madhya Pradesh government to approach Supreme Court against High Court to restrict physical political rallies [22.10.2020]

22.10.2020, New Delhi

The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to approach the Supreme Court against the decision of the Gwalior Bench of the High Court to restrict physical political rallies in nine districts in view of the coronavirus pandemic.  

Ahead of the coming by-elections in 28 seats, a division bench of the High Court asked yesterday that magistrates of the districts under its jurisdiction not give permission to any candidate or political party for public gatherings without compelling reasons.

In a video message today, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan apologised to the people of Ashok Nagar's Shadora and Bhander, where he was expected to attend two political rallies. The rallies had to be cancelled following the order of the High Court.

"We respect the High Court and its decision. But regarding this decision, we will go to the Supreme Court, because it is like having two laws in a single land," Mr Chouhan told news agency ANI.

"In some parts of Madhya Pradesh, physical political rallies are allowed. It is not allowed in another part. Political rallies are even being held in Bihar, but it is not allowed in a part of Madhya Pradesh. So we will seek justice from the Supreme Court," he added.

22 Oct 2020