Ravi dares govt to stop his panel from holding Shigmo


Stepping up their pressure, the Ponda Taluka Antruj Shimgosav Samiti (PTASS), headed by former home minister Ravi Naik, has decided to hold the Shigmotsav celebration in Ponda on March 27 and has dared the government to stop them from organising the festival.
Incidentally, the Antruz Mahal Shigmotsav Samiti (AMSS) headed by MLA Lavoo Mamledar has also finalized March 27 for its Shigmotsav celebration and had requested the government to take timely action against Naik’s committee fearing a law and order problem.
Addressing a press conference in the city, Naik accused the Parrikar-led government of creating a rift among the people over traditional practices.
“We are getting good support from people of Ponda Taluka to hold the celebration on March 27. We will not cause a problem to anyone, if they (government) want to resort to a lathicharge, they are welcome,” Naik said.
PTASS had convened its seventh meeting on Saturday to chalk out the programme for the Shigmo celebration and it was unanimously decided to hold the celebration on March 27, irrespective of the government’s response to their decision.
Reacting to Mamledar’s statement, Naik insisted that nobody can stop them from organising a Shigmotsav procession in the city. 
“We had sought permission much before the government declared their date. If they are not giving us permission then it is evident that this government is trying to harass us and is playing dirty politics,” Naik added. [H]