The two time Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Hyderabad’s Goshamahal assembly constituency and a staunch ‘Bhagwa’ crusader, Tiger Raja Singh, has written a letter to Telangana’s Chief Minister, K. Chandrashekhar Rao, on Thursday, May 28, urging the CM to reveal the protocol on Ganesh Chaturthi celebration in the state. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prominent leader has urged the CM to unravel the mystery over Ganesh Chaturthi celebration with or without restrictions, and to which extent.
According to Singh, Ganesh Chaturthi is widely celebrated in Hyderabad and the preparation of it starts a month prior. The Ganesh idol makers need to start their work a month prior in order to deliver the Ganesh idols to the clients. Singh stated in the letter that a substantial number of people from his Goshamahal constituency bank on Ganesh idol making to earn their livelihood. Hence, he requested the CM to unveil his government’s plan for such Ganesh idol makers.
“The Ganesh idol makers are totally confused at this point of time whether there will be celebrations like every year or celebrations with restrictions on the height of the Ganesh idol, idol immersion procession or no celebrations at all,” wrote BJP MLA Singh in his letter to CM Rao, quoted ANI.
The BJP MLA also shared with the CM the confusion among the Ganesh idol makers on whether the state government will issue the permission to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi due to the ongoing Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis in the country. He urged CM Rao to permit atleast 10 feet tall Ganesh idols as the idol sculptors wait for this festival to earn their livelihood.
Telangana along with other states in the country are currently going through the lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic since March 25. The state has 2215 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, out of which 67 people have lost their lives so far. The rising number is worrisome as just a month is away from starting Ganesh idol making work in the state. Hence, it will be interesting to see how Telangana government handles the grandly celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi in the state during COVID-19 pandemic.