bbmp: Bengaluru: BBMP backs down on Navratri guidelines after Tejasvi Surya’s outburst | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Hours after Bengaluru South Member of Parliament Tejasvi Surya (BJP) took exception to restrictions imposed by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Navratri celebrations in the city, the civic body late Thursday night rolled back some measures he had called “discriminatory”.
BBMP chief commisisoner Gaurav Gupta issued fresh guidelines and according to a media release, the revision followed discussions with a few Durga puja associations and officials. It had announced the first version of guidelines on Wednesday.
According to the new guidelines, BBMP removed the 4-foot cap on height of Durga idols. The earlier limit of only one idol per ward was also relaxed; now organisers can seek permission from joint commissioners and police to install more idols.
It also said that during prayer rituals, musical instruments like drums can be played. But only 50 people can be allowed at a time in batches for Pushpanjali and Sandhi Puja with everyone following Covid-19 appropriate behaviour.
Earlier, Surya said the curbs were not only unscientific, but the BBMP chief commissioner was unnecessarily targeting the Hindu festival and restricting celebrations.
“Many Bengali organisations and associations in Bengaluru South approached me about this order. I immediately spoke to BBMP chief commissioner about it,” he said.
“There is a tendency to issue arbitrary and whimsical guidelines on Hindu festivals, while not doing the same for other communities. This is a colonial relic,” he added.
Surya said he didn’t understand the logic of restricting the idol height. “Some feel it’s okay to restrict anything in any manner as long as Hindus are concerned, thinking we’ll meekly accept it. But post-2014, there has been a serious renaissance in the country. There will be a very serious pushback from people if rules are laid down arbitrarily and in a discriminatory manner against Hindus,” he said.
“Certain rules and regulations are selectively enforced only on Hindus and not other faiths in the country, which is a very serious cause of concern… The same kind of restrictions were put during Ganesha festival… This time, they have said dhol or dhak must not be drummed in front of the deity. This will take away all celebratory fervour from festivities and kill the festival itself. How can an administrative body decide as to what kind of rituals must be carried out? This is to be exclusively decided by the devotees,” he said.
He added: “With a BJP government in the state, the interests of Hindus will be given primacy and they will be protected…”
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