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Upset with SC's Dahi Handi order, Shiv Sena flays 'court's fatwas on festivals'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 20 August 2016, 13:12 IST

Slamming Supreme Court's order on Dahi Handi in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena on 20 August said the courts should not cross the Lakshman Rekha of people's religious beliefs.

According to a PTI report, Shiv Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamna that people will foil attempts to hinder celebration of Hindu festivals and the Shiv Sena will lead this dissent.

"Ganeshotsav, Dahi Handi and Navratra festival are all parts of our beliefs. Courts which are now governing us should not cross the Lakshman Rekha at least in these issues," Sena said.

It added, "People have elected their government in a democratic manner. Let the government do its job. The head atop the government's body knows what's right and wrong. If an attempt is made to remove this head and murder democracy, then all tiers of national system will collapse."

Shiv Sena further said in that when courts take on the role of government, they should be ready to face mudslinging. Shiv Sena, in its editorial piece, claimed that the Court is taking all the decisions which a government is expected to take.

There is anger among people because of the "fatwas" (diktats) of the courts on festivals, the Sena said.

These remarks on the judiciary came a day after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis assured the Dahi Handi Coordination Committee members that Maharashtra's Advocate General will represent the state in the Supreme Court at the next hearing.

The delegation held a meeting with Fadnavis yesterday in the backdrop of the Supreme Court order on 17 August, which restricted the height of dahi handis to 20 feet and allowed only those above 18 to participate in the human pyramids.

The apex court's verdict had upset dahi handi mandals who felt that the height restriction would eliminate the thrill and adventure associated with the traditional festival.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena president Raj Thackeray had on on 18 August criticised the government for not representing this point of view effectively.

Fadnavis had also asked the delegation to celebrate the festival by following all norms.

--With PTI inputs

First published: 20 August 2016, 13:12 IST