Party moves High Court for permission

The city police have rejected permission for BJP to hold a public meeting at Nizam College here on February 17 on the ground that the Budget session of the legislature begins that day.

Following the rejection, the BJP has filed a petition in the High Court on Thursday and it is listed to be heard on Friday, according to State BJP general secretary N. Ramchander Rao.

He said the petition prayed for a direction to the police to allow the party to hold the public meeting as it would commence at 3 p.m., while the Governor's address to the joint session of the legislature would be over by noon.

It also mentioned that permission was sought before the legislature was summoned.

The meeting christened ‘ Mahaporatam' would focus on corruption in the UPA government and would be addressed by top leaders of the BJP and its allies including L.K. Advani, Nitin Gadkari, Sharad Yadav and Punjab Chief Minister, Prakash Singh Badal.

Earlier addressing a press conference here, Mr. Rao urged Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy to concentrate on administration instead of Rachabanda and deliver goods to the people. He criticised the preventive arrest of BJP leaders in Warangal district during Mr.Reddy's visit earlier today and said the action was reminiscent of Emergency days.

He accused the Government of adopting a soft line and failing to take action on the prisoners who attacked staff of Cherlapally jail recently.

He also demanded the withdrawal of all cases booked against advocates in connection with Telangana agitation.