Before the Hindu religious festivals, Rajasthan bans loudspeakers and religious flags in some Districts 

Section 144 imposed in Kota, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Ajmer

Editorial comment

Note that the Congress-ruled States impose various rules during Hindu festivals, but these rules are never imposed during Muharram. 

Ajmer (Rajasthan) – After Kota, Bikaner, Jodhpur Districts, now even Ajmer has imposed Section 144. This order is effective from 7th April. The use of loudspeakers is banned during this period. The administration has said that this is being done to prevent noise pollution.

According to this rule, any person or organisation will have to compulsorily take prior permission for using a DJ for any function or festival. Similarly, the use of religious flags or putting them up in private places is forbidden. The administration says doing this can have a detrimental effect on law and order, and communal harmony in society gets affected. Action will be taken against those who break this order.

Criticism by BJP

Ajmer’s Deputy Mayor and BJP leader Niraj Jain alleged, that this order has been imposed because of the processions taken out during ‘Mahavir Jayanti, Durga Ashtami, Ambedkar Jayanti, Shri Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti.’

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