Wednesday, March 30, 2005

‘Will the govt allow cabaret in Lalbagh?’

‘Will the govt allow cabaret in Lalbagh?’

There was furore in the House following the minister’s statement on allowing TV channels to conduct live programmes in Lalbagh.
Deccan Herald

The Opposition in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday took Horticulture Minister R Srinivas to task for allowing Star news channel to telecast a live programme at Lalbagh here recently, during the India-Pakistan cricket Test.

Raising the matter in the Assembly, Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha member Vatal Nagaraj sought to know the reason for according permission to the TV channel to telecast the programme. A Government Order prohibits private parties from conducting any programme in Lalbagh, he said. An inquiry should be held and action initiated against those responsible for according permission, he said. JD (U) member J C Madhuswamy also wanted the government to take action against those responsible for giving permission to the channel.

No more consent
Replying, Minister Srinivas said that though the Government had issued a GO barring private parties from conducting any programme in Lalbagh, it did not mean that any TV channel, including Star TV, should be prevented from conducting any programme. The minister’s remark created a furore in the House with the Opposition taking strong objection. Intervening, JD (U) member H Anjaneya sought to know if the Government would allow cabaret in Lalbagh. Admitting that Star news channel had been allowed to conduct a programme, the minister said that action would be initiated against those responsible for allowing the programme. Henceforth, no private parties, including TV channels, will be allowed to conduct any programme inside Lalbagh.

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