PUNE: Ahead of Lok Sabha and State Assembly polls, to avoid violation of Bombay High Court order, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has issued instructions to party leaders to avoid installing illegal flexes, banners and hoardings.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and State BJP President Raosaheb Danve have warned workers and leaders of disciplinary action or suspension from the party for installing illegal hoardings. The leaders said prior approval of the competent authority should be mentioned in hoardings, banners, posters and digital flexes.
Referring to Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by NGO Suswarajya Foundation, the top leaders of BJP have raised the issue of a large number of illegal hoardings and banners being put up by political parties.
Both the leaders appealed that no hoarding, banner, poster or digital flex should be set up in public places without prior approval of the relevant competent authority. They said photos of party workers or office-bearers should not be pasted on party or personal hoardings, banners, poster or digital flexes.
Fadnavis and Danve have asked party workers to comply with lawful provisions and cooperate with government officials while removing boards, banners, poster or digital flexes.
BJP City Unit President Yogesh Gogawale said, “We are taking precautions and following High Court orders regarding flexes and banners. We have instructed all party workers and leaders regarding the chief minister and State party president’s appeal.”
Meanwhile, in January, Mayor Mukta Tilak, Leader of House Shrinath Bhimale, Standing Committee Chairman Yogesh Mulik and Chairman of Sports Committee Rahul Bhanare had made an appeal regarding defacing of the city with mentioning their names or photos on banners and flexes.
In 2018, The Bombay High Court had issued notices to four political parties - NCP, BJP, RPI and MNS, asking them to explain why their workers were putting up illegal hoardings and banners on public roads. Responding to this, the office-bearers of these political parties last year filed an undertaking in the High Court assuring that their workers will not put up hoardings and banners on public roads and places without requisite permission from the authorities concerned.