The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will observe a 12-hour dawn to dusk bandh in Cuttack protesting the Odisha government’s decision not to grant relaxations during the upcoming festive season.
Senior BJP leader Samir Dey on Sunday said that the party will observe the bandh from 6 am to 6 pm in Cuttack. The Bandh has been called to protect the interest of the people and senior members of puja committee and civil society, he said.
It is pertinent to mention here that several cultural, social organisations and the BJP are demanding relaxation in the restrictions imposed by the State government on the height of idols of Goddess Durga and conduct of rituals behind the curtain.
“All the business and other commercial establishments in the city will remain closed tomorrow during the Bandh. We appeal the residents of Cuttack to support the Bandh which has been called against the State government that did not paid any heed to the demands of the puja committees and its members; and, it is no less than an insult,” said Dey.
The senior BJP leader also targeted the Odisha government and Cuttack MP Bhartruhari Mahatab and alleged that there is no coordination between the administration and the government. Dey alleged that if the Chief Minister was unaware, why the meeting with the Puja Committee members was convened. He also questioned whether the Cuttack MP unaware of the controversy over the idol height and asked why a meeting with the Chief Minister was not scheduled earlier.
On Saturday, the Cuttack Shanti (peace) committee decided to approach Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik as a last resort in seeking relaxations. This was decided in an emergency meeting which was convened to chalk out strategy after the State government announced no relaxations and decided to stick with the 4-ft cap on idol height.
As per the decision of the committee, it will make an appeal to the Chief Minister by September 16 to reconsider the decision on the height of Durga idols.
(Edited By Pradeep Singh)