Opposition in Puducherry urges PM to not tackle Nationwide Youth Pageant, calls for postponement- The New Indian Specific

By Specific Information Service

PUDUCHERRY: The Opposition DMK, Congress, CPI, CPM and VCK on Thursday appealed to the Centre and Puducherry authorities to both cancel or postpone the five-day Nationwide Youth Pageant (NYF) scheduled to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from January 12, citing the surge in Covid-19 instances, whereas threatening to launch an agitation in opposition to it.

Chief of Opposition within the Legislative Meeting and DMK state organiser R Siva mentioned that Covid instances in Puducherry have been rising steeply within the final 4 days as an influence of the New Yr celebrations. If tens of 1000’s of individuals attend the NYF, Puducherry shall be severely affected once more. The economic system of Puducherry will come to a whole standstill. The ceremony will develop into a brilliant spreader. He additionally urged the Prime Minister to keep away from collaborating within the competition, whereas urging the central authorities to cancel the programme as it could possibly unfold the pandemic not solely in Pondicherry however throughout the nation and trigger misery to the youth of Puducherry. Medical consultants have already cautioned in opposition to gathering of individuals in public locations, he mentioned.

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Puducherry Lok Sabha member of the Congress V Vaithilingam expressing the same concern mentioned that Covid instances which had been solely in single digits earlier than the New Yr celebrations have risen to 66, 73 and 129 instances within the final three days resulting from improve in vacationer arrivals and collaborating in New Yr festivities. The ruling BJP-NRC coalition authorities in Puducherry allowed the New Yr celebrations in defiance of warnings from medical professionals and well being officers, in addition to violating Excessive Court docket pointers. Medical consultants say the influence of the New Yr celebration will proceed and the variety of infections will proceed to rise for one more week.

On this scenario, the central and state governments are organising the NYF the place greater than 75 % of contributors will come from different states resulting in the unfold of COVID. As a consequence of this, the NYF will certainly have a huge effect on the well being of the folks of Puducherry, he mentioned.

The NYF is being held to mark the seventy fifth 12 months of Independence and therefore the competition could be held till the following Independence Day celebration. So it might be finest to postpone the competition and maintain it when Covid instances scale back, he mentioned. He additionally urged the federal government to impose full curfew on Sunday and impose a ban on the celebration of state ceremonies and festivals in Pondicherry.

Former Chief Minister and Union Minister of State V Narayanasamy additionally expressing related views mentioned although the Prime Minister’s go to is the UT’s delight, but within the current scenario, he ought to chorus from visiting Puducherry and the NYF needs to be postponed. He urged the Chief Minister N Rangasamy to jot down to the Prime Minister explaining the current scenario and request him to postpone the NYF and his go to to Puducherry.

The CPI state secretary A M Saleem, additionally looking for cancellation of the NYF and the go to of the Prime Minister, mentioned Covid instances have tripled within the final three days. Raj Nivas has already stopped the entry of public to fulfill the Lt Governor, he mentioned, including that the Centre shouldn’t play with the lives of individuals by organising the NYF. An e-mail shall be despatched to the Prime Minister and an illustration shall be organised by the get together on January 10, urging the Prime Minister in opposition to visiting Puducherry and looking for cancellation of the NYF.

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