Securing party office
Against the backdrop of the agitation against the Citizenship Amendment Act, the spectre of zealous protestors led by Opposition parties and other social organisations converging at the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state headquarters in Lucknow has made its office administrators jittery. Since the state BJP headquarters faces the UP Vidhan Sabha precincts, it ends up bearing the brunt of any protest against the Adityanath government. While prohibitory orders under Section 144 continue in the state, the state BJP office has written to the district administration to enhance security at the premises. In the past, the saffron party headquarters in the state has been pelted with stones by protesters.
War against plastic flowers
While the country has put off the ban on single-use plastic (SUPs) items, some departments of the government seem to have gone overboard in their zeal to cut out SUPs altogether. The Cabinet Secretariat recently issued a directive to the Railways to get rid of or discourage the use of even plastic flowers and flower pots. This would be music to the ears of floriculture associations that have been waging a relentless war against the use of plastic flowers, which, they allege, is breaking the back of the cut-flower trade.