Bhopal: Ganesh and Durga Utsav samitis in the city handed over a memorandum to home minister Narottam Mishra at his residence on Thursday morning.
They sought permission to celebrate Ganesh Utsav and Durga Utsav by installing idols of Lord Ganesh and goddess Durga at public places.
The memorandum said that the tradition of celebrating Ganesh Utsav publicly was started by Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak and it had played a key role in India’s freedom struggle. They reminded the minister that the issue was also linked with livelihoods of 600 families of the Prajapati community who have already built Ganesh and Durga idols.
Promising that they would strictly adhere to any guidelines issued by the government, they requested the minister to review the decision of not allowing public festivities during Ganesh Utsav and Navratri. They have urged the government to find a way so that the tradition of Hindu religion is preserved and at the same time the spread of coronavirus is curbed.