[Only two persons are celebrating Diwali this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah, Zeeshan Ahmed told media-persons.]
Mumbai: A group of Congress workers were Monday detained when they attempted to hoist black lanterns (kandeels) at Mantralaya, the Maharashtra state government headquarters in Mumbai, to celebrate a ‘Dark Diwali’.
Led by Maharashtra State Congress Party Secretary Sayed Zeeshan Ahmed and others, the activists attempted to sneak inside the Mantralaya complex with black coloured lanterns, but were prevented and detained by police and plain clothes security personnel.
They were bundled off into waiting police vans as they shouted anti-government slogans and waved the black lanterns out of the (van) windows.
“Only two persons are celebrating Diwali this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah", Zeeshan Ahmed told media-persons.
"For the rest of the country, it’s just a 'Dark Diwali' with spiraling prices, exorbitant petrol-diesel rates, job losses after demonetization and Goods & Services Tax implementation, besides other issues,” he added.
Accusing Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis of creating delays in declaring drought in Maharashtra, he said the loan waiver scheme announced last year was “merely on paper and farmers continued to commit suicides across the state, especially the worst-hit Marathwada region”.
The common men of the country, working class, poor and downtrodden in urban and rural areas continue to suffer. But, neither Modi nor Shah have time to visit Marathwada and see first-hand the plight of the drought-hit farmers there", he said.
The Congress workers were taken to a local police station and released after some time.
Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance."
The festival started today, the first day of Diwali called as Dhanteras. The main Diwali fesitival this year will be celebrated on Wednesday November 07, 2018.
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