If court takes every decision then we don’t need a government to run the country says Raj Thackeray.
MNS chief Raj Thackeray expressed his displeasure over the Supreme Court order banning the participation of minors and capping the height of human pyramids to 20 feet for Dahi Handi festival. Raj said that the apex court should not be taking every decision. He asked why the court has been making discrimination on religious grounds while delivering judgement. Raj also said that judiciary has been harsh on Hindu festivals and why nobody speaks about loudspeakers being played in loud volume at mosques. He questioned why no action was taken on the issue of children participating in ‘Muharram.’ He asked whether people should celebrate Dahi Handi festival by standing on stools.
He said, “Players don’t stop playing cricket just because if someone gets injured while batting or fielding. Do athletes stop participating in Olympics after sustaining injuries? Then why so much terms and conditions have been laid on Dahi Handi celebrations.”
“The court should not interfere in festivals, which have been happening for years together. If this situation continues then why are assembly and Lok Sabha election held as court can run the country? The judiciary should have arrived at a consensus with stakeholders before passing this verdict. If court takes every decision then we don’t need a government to run the country,” he said.
Raj said that his party workers will celebrate the festival in the same manner it was celebrated during earlier days. He has asked them to follow safety guidelines for averting any mishap.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is not being serious enough on the Dahi Handi issue, he said. “The government should have given good lawyers in the Supreme Court to argue our case. The Chief Minister is responsible for this.”
“How can court pass a verdict on the basis of a PIL filed by few people? However three and four year old children should not participate in Dahi Handi celebrations. Today, restriction has been imposed on Dahi Handi celebrations tomorrow festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi and Dussehra may come under the scanner of the court,” he added further.
The ‘dahi handi’ festival, which is held on ‘Janmasthami’ in Maharashtra, attracts large number of crowds every year. Politicians, cutting across party lines, promise crores of rupees as prize money for breaking curd-containing pots which are hung out of reach. The people forming the human pyramids to reach these pots sometimes sustain serious injuries as they do not use safety harnesses.