A protest meet held on Sunday to condemn ‘refusal’ of permission for holding Shivjayanti rally in Calangute
The members resolved to organise a grand rally in March to mark the birth anniversary of Shivaji in Calangute.
It may be recalled that Shivjayanti rally was stopped by administration with the help of Calangute police as permission for the rally was refused by authority fearing law and order problem, and that led to tension in Calangute.
On Sunday, a protest meet was organised at Shivaji statue, Mapusa, to condemn the refusal to grant permission for rally on Shivjayanti.
Followers garlanded the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and shouted slogans – ‘Jai Bhavani’ ‘Jai Shivaji.’
Various prominent local leaders including Vishesh Prabhu, Sanjay
Barde, Abhay Samant, Kishor Rao and others were present.
Addressing the gathering, Vishesh Prabhu said that “we have come together to protest against Calangute police and administration as they refused to give permission for a peaceful rally. Attempts to give communal colour were done allegedly by the police.”
Another speaker, Salman Khan said that “our country is a secular country. And, everyone has right to celebrate peacefully. So, I feel that the incident was against the Constitution.”
Labour leader Ajit Singh Rane said that “the incident in Calangute was unfortunate, and the government along with the administration and mainly the Home Ministry are responsible for the act.”
“Everyone should be aware that Shivaji Maharaja did not belong to any one religion,” he said and demanded that the government should investigate the matter.
He also said that a grand procession will be taken out on March 31 in Calangute on the occasion of Shivjayanti.