Members of various Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav celebration committees held a protest demonstration outside the office of the Assistant Police Commissioner S.N. Holihosur condemning the orders issued banning the use of loudspeakers during the Ganesh festival processions.
The protesters announced they would use sound systems during the idol installation procession on Monday. They warned that nearly 100 Ganeshotsava committees would hold a protest the Jubilee Circle if the police tried to prevent the use of loudspeakers during the procession. Police were free to take action against any one using loudspeakers after 10 p.m., but not before, they said.
The protest was organised under the aegis of the Lokamanya Sri Balagangadhar Tilak Sarvajanik Gajananotsav Samiti and the Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mahamandali Dharwad, two of the oldest organisations which have been organising Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in the city. Ramakrishna Vivekananda Ashram president Swami Vijayananda Saraswati, BJP leader Mohan Ramdurg, Congress leaders Manoj Karjagi, Vasant Arkachari, and JD(S) members Mahadev Kamble and Anand Jadhav led the protest.
The protesters conducted a meeting at Kadapa Maidan grounds and condemned the Hubli Police Commissioner’s orders banning the use of loudspeakers during the Ganesh festival. It was an unwanted step taken in the name of security arrangements, they said. Banning the use of loudspeakers during the procession with the larger participation of the youth and children held no meaning, they said. It was a pity the police were trying to pressurise sound system operators not to provide loudspeakers to the Ganeshotsava committees. They took out a protest march from Kadapa Maindan to the Assistant Police Commissioner’s office and submitted a memorandum urging the police to withdraw the order.