The Andhra Pradesh High Court directed the authorities in the State not to allow roadshows by political parties.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice A. R. Dave and Justice R. Subash Reddy passed these interim orders in a writ petition filed by a voluntary organisation, Abhipray which named the Chief Secretary, the Home Secretary and the Director General of Police, besides major political parties in the State, as the respondents.
The petitioner complained that the roadshows by various political leaders were playing havoc with the lives of ordinary citizens. They were unable to reach their destinations in time due to traffic jams while lives were being lost (in accidents) during these programmes. Thus, the right to life guaranteed under the Constitution was being violated, the petitioner said and lamented that the authorities were not stopping these illegal activities.
Praja Rajyam Party president Chiranjeevi announced cancellation of his visit to Nellore and Prakasam district from November 29. Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy is expected to convert his roadshow in Medak district on November 28 into a public meeting. Telangana Rashtra Samiti president K. Chandrasekhar Rao will terminate his ongoing tour of Telangana. The TDP supremo also cancels his 45 day Chaitanya Yatra.