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Goa government clarifies Gandhi Jayanti not cancelled from holiday list, CM calls it a printing mistake

Mar 15, 2015 06:50 PM IST India India

Panaji: After dropping Gandhi Jayanti from the list of official holidays, the Goa government has clarified that the Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti holiday (October 2, 2015) has not been cancelled. Goa government's official calendar has already listed Gandhi Jayanti (October 15, 2015) as a holiday.

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar also rubbished the report saying the state government has not taken any such decision to scrap off the holiday on October 2.

In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, Parsekar said, "My government has not taken any such decision. It could be a typing mistake."

Accusing the Congress party of making this a political issue as local body elections are right around the corner, the Chief Minister said, "Elections are going on and Congress can do any mischief. They have lost all grounds and that is why such things are being brought up."

The BJP government on Sunday had issued a list of official holidays in which it scrapped Gandhi Jayanti which is celebrated on October 2.

The Congress slammed the move saying that it is a national holiday and must be observed.

Congress leader Anand Sharma said, "They can't do it. Gandhi is the father of nation. Even last year children were asked to go to school on 2nd October."

"Present government has much to answer on the rights of individuals to privacy and liberty," Sharma added.

Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated on October 2 to mark the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He was born on October 2, 1869 at Porbandar in Gujarat and led from the front during India's freedom struggle against the British rulers.