PM, Prez, BJP chief, Delhi CM won’t hold Holi Milan
Coronavirus spoils leaders’ plan; city riots stop Kejriwal
Looming coronavirus threat is all set to play spoilsport with Holi festivities. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top BJP leaders, including Home Minister Amit Shah and party president JP Nadda, on Wednesday said they would not attend any Holi Milan function in view of the coronavirus outbreak. Holi is on March 10.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday that he would not celebrate Holi in wake of communal violence in North-east Delhi.
In a tweet posted using the official Twitter handle of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, President Ram Nath Kovind said, “With alertness and safeguards, we all can help contain the outbreak of COVID-19. In a precautionary measure, the Rashtrapati Bhavan will not hold the traditional Holi Milan.
The Prime Minister too tweeted that he would not hold Holi Milan as experts have advised to reduce mass gatherings to avoid the spread of coronavirus.
“Experts across the world have advised to reduce mass gatherings to avoid the spread of COVID19. Hence this year, I have decided not to participate in any ‘Holi Milan’ programme,” Modi tweeted.
Following Modi’s announcement, Nadda, Shah and other senior party leaders also said they would not participate in any Holi Milan function due to concerns over spread of coronavirus.
“The world is battling COVID-19 novel coronavirus. The countries & medical fraternity are jointly making efforts to contain its spread. Keeping this in mind, this year, I will neither celebrate Holi nor organise Holi Milan. Stay safe, stay healthy,” Nadda tweeted.
According to sources, Nadda has written to all State unit presidents, asking them to avoid holding Holi Milan programmes as a precautionary measure.
Similarly Union Home Minister Shah urged the people to avoid public gatherings. “Holi is a very important festival for Indians but in the wake of coronavirus, I have decided not to participate in any Holi Milan this year. I also appeal everyone to avoid public gatherings and take good care of yourself and your family,” he said on Twitter.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has urged people to avoid crowded places and physical contact with people.
Thursday, 05 March 2020 | PNS | New Delhi
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