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Issue:March' 2020


Unanimous elections

V.P. Prabhakar

J. P. Nanda TThe principle of unanimity prevailed in the elections for BJP presidents at the national and state levels. J. P. Nanda, who was working President of the BJP, was elected BJP’s national President. Arun Sood, former Mayor of UT, was elected President of the BJP, Chandigarh, Ashwani Sharma, former Pathankot MLA, was elected head of the BJP Punjab unit and former Speaker Rajeev Bindal became President of the Himachal Pradesh BJP.

Ban on designations

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on January 24 banned the display of designation or description of offices and use of unauthorized emblems on government and private vehicles across Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali (Tricity).

A division bench of Justices Rajiv Sharma and Amol Rattan Singh during the hearing of a suo motu public interest litigation also ordered that writing of words like high court, army, police, press, journalist, chairman and vice-chairman on private vehicles is prohibited forthwith. The authorities were directed to begin implementation of the directions within 72 hours.

The court, however, clarified that the ban will not apply on parking stickers issued by different orgnisations and entities. Meanwhile, on February 3 the Haryana government extended the ban to entire Haryana.

Only ambulances, fire engines and other vehicles used for salvage purposes have been granted exemption.

No 'idle parking'

The court observed that a lot of “idle parking” is seen on roads and directed the Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali authorities not to allow such parking on roads, including major and tertiary ones. The court ordered the authorities to start towing away such vehicles.

The high court also said that school buses should be checked to ensure that only buses with two-doors are allowed to ferry school children.

The bench had given the right to way to ambulances and school buses even during the VVIP movement and directed the illumination of cycle tracks and pedestrian paths.

Display on wall

The bench also observed that the Administration should make use of wall of the underpass connecting Rose Garden and Sector 17, Chandigarh. The court was of the view that a war memorial like display should be put on the wall or the wall should carry the names of Mahavir Vir Chakra and Param Vir Chakra recipients. The court was of the view that a lot of money has been spent on the underpass and it should be put to a good use. Amicus suggested that graffiti could be made on the wall.

Bonanza for councillors

While Chandigarh's residents have been burdened with a heavy dose of taxes by the Muncipal Corporation, the councilors have gifted themselves to get 100 litres of fuel for personal vehicles per month.