Supreme Court Tells Bengal BJP, No Loudspeakers, Kids' Studies More Important

Supreme Court Tells Bengal BJP, No Loudspeakers, Kids

Supreme Court Tells Bengal BJP, No Loudspeakers, Kids' Studies More Important 

New Delhi: A plea by the West Bengal BJP to set aside the Calcutta High Court's 2013 order, banning the use of loudspeakers in the state's residential areas, was  rejected by the Supreme Court today. The top court said that children's studies were more important than election campaigns.

A plea was filed by the Bengal BJP, claiming that it was an attempt by the Trinamool Congress government to "muzzle" its voice and "violated" the constitutional right of the party to garner public support ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. 

The setback comes amid the BJP's bitter fight with the Trinamool Congress in the run-up to the general elections.

The Narendra Modi government and Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government were recently locked in a legal battle in the Supreme Court over the former's proposed 'rath yatra' in different parts of West Bengal. The BJP's rallies were not given permission by the state government, claiming that it would create law and order problems.

The Bengal government and the Centre erupted in a face-off after CBI team moved to arrest Kolkata Police Commissioner, Rajeev Kumar on February 3. The officials of the central probe agency were denied entry to the top cop's residence and were even detained briefly.

Ms Banerjee, seize the moment to escalate her confrontation with the Centre and  started her ''Save the Constitution'' dharna on the same evening to protest against what the TMC called a "coup" by the Centre.

The West Bengal Chief Minister ended her sit-in protest after three days and said that she would take her fight against the central government to Delhi in the coming days.