Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will call a meeting to decide on relaxing Covid-induced restrictions on Ganesha festival, the state cabinet said on Saturday.
“Chief Minister is likely to take a decision either by tomorrow or day after tomorrow on the celebration of the festival by following the Covid protocols, to have a policy for the entire state (for such celebrations) he will seek inputs from experts and district administrations,” said Madhuswamy.
“The chief minister has been authorised to call a meeting (of experts and officials) and take a decision regarding Ganesha festival celebrations,” said law and parliamentary affairs minister JC Madhuswamy.
He informed that Bommai would speak with deputy commissioners and superintendents of police of various districts to vet the Covid-19 infection rate in their areas. Several organisations and political leaders, mostly from the BJP and those with Sangh Parivar background, have been mounting pressure on the state government to ease the curbs on the festival.
Citing Covid-19, the government had, earlier, banned the celebration of the festival in public and said the people can celebrate in their houses. The minister said expert opinion would be sought on whether to lift the weekend curfew in three or four districts where it is still in force.