BJP’s charges are wild, says Karnataka CM
Karnataka Chief Minister on Monday accused the BJP of making “wild” allegations against him and termed it as “sign of their fear and desperation”.
Speaking to reporters here, Siddaramaiah said he had been targeted by the BJP because he has emerged as a strong leader.
Siddaramaiah’s reaction comes in the wake of a series of allegations, including corruption, being leveled by state BJP leaders as part of their campaign against the ruling party ahead of assembly polls, due early next year.
“People want our government to come back (to power) again because they know that Siddaramaiah fulfills election promises. They know well that our government came out with programmes for the economically weaker section, farmers, women, backward communities and minorities”, he said.
The Madras High Court has banned all kinds of banners and hoardings from major traffic signals in Tamil Nadu, days after directing against use of displaying living personalities on hoardings.
A Division Bench of Justices MM Sundresh and M Sundar passed this order while hearing a petition filed by K Kathirmathiyon, on behalf of Coimbatore Consumer Cause alleging that the hoardings cause inconvenience to motorists and can cause accidents.
Interestingly, the court had on October 24, directed the authorities to ensure that photographs or of persons who are are not put up on banners, flex boards, or sign-boards.
The petition filed by Kathirmathiyon pointed out that several ads and hoardings put up in the vicinity of busy road intersections and traffic signals were in violation of the guidelines issued by the Indian Road Congress (IRC) as well as the Tamil Nadu Urban Local Bodies Licensing of Hoardings and Levy and Collection of Advertisement Tax Rules, 2003.
“No sign, signal or any other device erected for traffic guid- ance and/or traffic information shall obscure any other traffic sign. Further, the signs and signals shall not carry any advertisement,” the petitioner said citing IRC guidelines. He was quoting IRC response to his RTI on advertisements, which prohibited ads at or within 100 m of road junction.
In the interest of upholding the right of way, the court has directed that the authorities ensure such ads and hoardings are not erected near traffic signals in the future. However, responding to objections raised by private parties to a blanket ban, the court allowed ads that had been erected after obtaining due permission from concerned authorities to continue until the expiration of their term.