Assam: Gaurav and Akhil Gogoi question stricter curbs for Bihu | Guwahati News

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Assam: Gaurav and Akhil Gogoi question stricter curbs for Bihu | Guwahati News


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GUWAHATI: Politics has begun with new Covid restrictions imposed by the Assam government through the new SOP which will be a brake on the upcoming Magh Bihu celebrations in mid-January.
Lok Sabha Deputy Leader of the Congress and Kaliabor MP Gaurav Gogoi took to Twitter on Sunday to express heartache over the state government’s decision to restrict Bihu celebrations but give the go-ahead to the election campaign for local surveys. “New SOPs in Assam have closed schools and restricted Bihu celebrations, but the election campaign for Thengal Kachari’s local self-elections has not been touched by the state government,” Gaurav tweeted. He called it an irony to have a dual approach by the state government to elections and parties and classroom activities amid the alarming rise in Covid cases. “I am part of the political process, so I will follow the rules, but it is difficult to ignore the irony,” he wrote.
Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu is a festival held mainly in the Brahmaputra Valley of Assam, which marks the end of the harvest season. Magh Bihu celebrations begin with the community festival on the eve of Makar Sankranti, called “uruka”, around hut-like structures called “meji” or “bhela ghar”, made of bamboo and straw. The next morning in Magh Bihu, people burn meji after a sacred bath and pray in front of him. This is one of the three Bihus, known for feasting and rejoicing as the barns become abundant with the rice harvest.
Municipal elections are also likely to be held in February. Although political circles speculated that the polls of local urban bodies in the state could be postponed amid the Covid scare, the EC’s decision to conduct assembly polls in several states between February and March may not change previous planning to hold local state elections in time. Under these circumstances, opposition parties and political leaders, raising ethnoregional lines, have strongly criticized the BJP-led state government for failing to give wide relaxation to celebrate Magh Bihu, for whom preparations are in full swing. apogee.
Sivasagar peasant leader and MP Akhil Gogoi has threatened to violate Covid’s restrictions on Magh Bihu. He criticized the chief minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, for giving relaxation to the night curfew on the night of December 31 to celebrate the celebration of the New Year, but not for the traditional Magh Bihu holiday. “The restrictions imposed by the Assam government on Magh Bihu are not acceptable. By giving relaxation on the night of December 31, New Year celebrations were allowed. The government also softened with Covid restrictions on the day of “New Year. But our own cultural festivals are facing the onslaught,” Akhil said.
As the night curfew is activated in the state from 22:00 to 6:00, Akhil said it will spoil the uruka night as well as the tradition of burning meji in the early hours of the morning in Magh Bihu. “If the New Year and the rise can be celebrated without worries, why restrict our cultural festivals?” Akhil asked.

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