Mathura, 2016.03.14 (IBN): “The minister has ordered to cancel Holi Mahotsava which was supposed to be held on March 16,” District Tourism officer Anupam Srivastava said.
Goswami and residents of Barsana and Nandgaon villages had threatened to boycott their famous ‘Lathmaar Holi’ if the Tourism Department went ahead with Mahotsava before they held their festival.
While the Department had decided to hold the Mahotsava on March 16, the villagers had planned Lathmaar Holi on March 17 in Barsana and in Nandgaon, the following day.
Though the District Magistrate had tried to clarify that the tourism department’s programme was in no way meant to overshadow ‘Lathmaar Holi’ of the twin villages, Goswami and villagers had their reservations.
“We finally met the minister in Delhi on Saturday evening, and apprised him of the situation that cropped up owing to the proposed programme in Vrindaban without consulting the locals.
The minister was good enough to cancel the Vrindaban programme,” Goswami said, adding that the minister had given his consent to attend ‘Lathamaar Holi’ of Barsana on March 17.
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