MUMBAI: The Chief of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena(MNS) – Raj Thackeray has said that courts should not interfere in our festivals.
The Supreme Court upheld a Bombay High Court decision on Wednesday to limit the height of the human pyramid in Dahi handi festival to 20 feet and banned persons below the age of 18 from being part of the human pyramid in Dahi handi.
The ‘dahi handi’ festival is held on ‘Janmashtami’ in Maharashtra. Every year, Dahi handi festival draws huge crowds. Bollywood actors and actress and politicians aslo take part in the Dahi handi festival. The people forming the human pyramids to reach these pots sometimes sustain serious injuries as they do not use safety equipment.
Yesterday, Raj thackrey said that we will see the court and we will make our festival our own choices. We did not listen anybody on the festival.
Thane in Mumbai suburb, a “dahi handi” has been strung up at 49 feet this morning, It is more than double the height which was allowed by the Supreme Court yesterday.
But Avinash Jadhav, the man organising Janamashtmi celebrations here is clear that he takes his orders only from his boss Raj Thackeray, chief of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.Mr Thackeray has told workers of his party that the festival, which celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, will be observed today “the way it’s meant to be.”
Mr. Jadhav said that the Supreme Court cannot dictate how we celebrate our festivals. If I break the law then I am willing to go to jail for this.
The chief of MNS – Mr. Raj Thackeray is expected to visit Thane this evening for the Dahi handi festival. Some were seen clicking selfies as the participants were gearing up to start festivities.