Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader H.Raja on Wednesday called the state government’s order on disallowing processions during Ganesh Chathurthi as “anti-hindu”. Asking Chief Minister Stalin to stop interfering in Hindu practices, Raja asked, “why can’t they allow Ganesh Chaturthi while they allowed the processions during the non-hindu festivals that happened recently?”
BJP State President Annamalai echoed Raja’s opinion saying, “they can impose some restrictions, but it’s not acceptable when the festival is fully restricted."
In an attempt to control coronavirus spread in the state, the Tamilnadu government on Monday decided to stop people from carrying Lord Ganesha statues in processions to immerse them in the sea and other waterbodies across the state. The detailed statement on the general Covid lockdown restrictions also stated that people can celebrate the festival at their homes and they will be allowed to immerse that idol at the nearby water bodies as capacity of individuals and not as association/ group.
A fringe group named Hindu Makkal Katchi after condemning the ruling party, warned that they will approach the matter legally, or will go forward and install idols and hold processions against the government’s order.
However, a DMK leader said that the directions to not allow processions and gatherings were given by the Union government. Even the BJP government in Karnataka didn’t allow Muharram and Ganesh Chathurti festivities," he said.
It is to be noted that AIADMK, BJP’s ally, had also restricted religious gatherings and Ganesh Chathurthi processions back when the party was in power last year.