The Bombay High Court Friday rejected the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s (MNS) petition for permission to hold a poll rally at Shivaji Park. Terming the move as “partisan”, MNS chief Raj Thackeray said his party would hold the rally on Mumbai streets.
The court rejected the petition to hold the rally Feb 13 on the grounds that the venue falls within a silence zone.
“They had granted permission to (Shiv Sena’s) Dussehra rally on the grounds that it was a cultural event. What culture? Were they dancing there? They were criticizing everybody, where’s ‘culture’ in this?” a miffed Raj said.
He said the MNS would be compelled to hold the rally on the streets. “Let them (government) take any action against us,” he said.
“It is a partisan decision. Bodies like the high court or the election commission must be transparent in their functioning. I am not insulting anybody, but if they don’t appear to be transparent, can’t we as citizens even speak about it?” Raj asked.
He alleged that the state government, especially the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), was behind the move.
He said that in a democracy, “people” are supreme and the concerned authorities must bear this in mind.