In a controversial move, Goa govt drops Gandhi Jayanti from public holidays

In a decision that could spark nationwide outrage, the BJP government in Goa has dropped Gandhi Jayanti on 2 October from the list of public holidays.

hidden March 16, 2015 07:39:15 IST
In a controversial move, Goa govt drops Gandhi Jayanti from public holidays

Panaji: In a decision that could spark nationwide outrage, the BJP government in Goa has dropped Gandhi Jayanti on 2 October from the list of public holidays.

Gandhi Jayanti, the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, has not been marked as a holiday in the current year's calender, released yesterday.

In a controversial move Goa govt drops Gandhi Jayanti from public holidays

Mahatma Gandhi. Getty Images

The decision has triggered strong reactions from a section of legislators in the state.

Interestingly, Gandhi Jayanti disappeared from the list of commercial and industrial holidays released on a day when the Mahatma's statue was unveiled in London.

Gandhi Jayanti has been celebrated all over the country for decades, with the entire nation gratefully recalling the services of the Mahatma, who led the struggle against the British rule through non-violent means.

Though the government is yet to formally clarify the rationale behind the decision, a senior official from the General Administration Department said it had the approval of government.

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar was not available for comment on the issue.

PTI

Updated Date:

also read

ISL 2022: FC Goa script first ever win against ATK Mohun Bagan; jump to third place
Football

ISL 2022: FC Goa script first ever win against ATK Mohun Bagan; jump to third place

The first half was action-packed but saw no goals. In the opening seven minutes of the game, ATK Mohun Bagan shot-stopper Vishal Kaith produced four saves. The second half was, however, dominated by FC Goa

Kartik Aaryan to close the opening ceremony of IFFI 2022 in Goa with a bang!
Entertainment

Kartik Aaryan to close the opening ceremony of IFFI 2022 in Goa with a bang!

While it has always been a special moment to watch the star perform and this time having Kartik closing the ceremony with his power-packed performance at IFFI 2022 would be an amazing experience.

Ahead of 53rd edition of IFFI in Goa, PM Modi welcomes filmmakers, delegates all united by cinema
India

Ahead of 53rd edition of IFFI in Goa, PM Modi welcomes filmmakers, delegates all united by cinema

Describing IFFI as the biggest film festival of India, the Prime Minister expressed confidence that “the interactions within this mini-world congregating at Goa will facilitate deeper understanding and new learnings in the world of art”