No more waiting, Ponda samiti decides to go ahead with Shigmo
Claiming that Ponda Taluka Antruz Shigmotsav Samitti has lost patience after waiting for consent to organise Shigmo in the city, the Samiti members have decided to organise the event on March 27 irrespective of the decision of the chief minister.
This was decided during the meeting of Ponda Taluka Antruz Shigmotsav Samitti at Ponda on Sunday. About 100 members present for the meeting unanimously decided to organise Shigmo on March 27.
It may be recalled that after refusing permission to Ponda Taluka Antruz Shigmotsav Samitti, Ponda Municipal Council had referred the matter to the State government and it is learnt that the State government is likely to convene its decision by March 4.
“We have lost patience and it’s over a month now we have been waiting for consent from the authorities to organise Shigmo in the city,” stated Ponda Taluka Antruz Shigmotsav Samitti General Secretary Damu Naik.“We are the traditional and registered body under societies which has been organising Shigmo festival in Ponda since the last 33 years,” said Naik.
“Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar assured to sort out the issue on March 4, but for how long we are going to wait? There is event planning that needs to be done a month prior and irrespective of the decision of the chief minister, we are going to organise the event,” stated Naik.
Samitti President Ravi Naik said: “Since March 26 is the Chathurdas day and since people organise Shigmo in respective villages, members have decided to organise Shgimo in the city on March 27. As per the tradition, prayers will be offered to goddess Mahalasa at Mardol as scheduled on March 25.”
“I have heard that there are demands from some politicians that I should step down from the committee. I am ready to do so provided the politicians attend the meeting and place their demand. I don’t understand that why politicians are scared of me,” stated former chief minister Naik. [H]