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Navratri: Nitin Patel clarifies govt’s stand

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Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel once again clarified that the probability of the state allowing big Garba celebrations were very low. “Our stand is very clear. The possibility of allowing big Garba gatherings and celebrations is nil this Navratri,” Patel said.

Earlier Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had said that the state will not be holding its annual Garba celebrations this year. The Vibrant Gujarat Navratri celebrations are held at GMDC ground in Ahmedabad every year.

Patel further said they are yet to decide whether to allow for Sheri Garba in cities and villages. He said the probability of allowing private Garba celebrations in societies was also very low.

Patel’s announcement is likely to disappoint many Navratri enthusiasts in the state. “We will make a decision based on the guidelines given by the Centre in the coming days,” Patel said. The state-level celebrations already stand cancelled.

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Several Garba organisers across the state have also announced that they will not be holding Navratri celebrations this year. Earlier the Indian Medical Association had also written to the state government urging it to cancel Navratri celebration.

“Today the Centre will release guidelines for Unlock 5. The state will take a look at these guidelines and decided how much leeway to give,” said Patel.

As to the COVID-19 situation in the state, Patel said there was no shortage of medical oxygen in both private and government hospitals. He said so far he has not received any complaint about the same. Four companies are at present manufacturing medical oxygen and give 50% of their production to the state, he said.

Some major garba organisers have already cancelled Navratri

Sahiyar and Sargam group in Rajkot, one of the biggest organisers of Navratri in the city had earlier announced that there will not be any celebrations this year. This came as Rajkot registered a rise in corona cases. 

The Gandhinagar Cultural Forum, which organises a garba every year had also announced that they had cancelled the garba this year.

 

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