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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Traditional Republic Day Venue Changed in Malda Allegedly by District Magistrate

MALDA, 20 JAN: Shifting of the venue of the Republic Day celebration from traditional police line ground to Brindababani ground reportedly at the behest of the district magistrate earned discontent among the citizens of the district. However, why the venue of the programme has suddenly been shifted is still not clear to the people. District as well as police administrations have also kept mum in this regard.

It may be mentioned that the colourful programme organized in the police line ground had been the cynosure of attraction for innumerable citizens of the district from the post independence era. It has been learnt from sources that the DM, Malda Dr Archana recently asked the reserve inspector (RI) of police line ground by a letter on Friday that this year’s programme would be held in Bridabani ground.

The shifting of venue earned controversy among the citizens. A senior citizen of Malda Kamal Basak said, “I have been enjoying the programme in police line ground since 1955. I just don’t understand the rationale of abrupt shifting of the venue.”

Another student Sudeshna Dasgupta also said, “Brindabani ground is smaller than police line ground. It has less amount of grass also. We prefer police line ground for Republic Day celebration.”

This may be mentioned that police line ground is merely 1.5 kilometre away from the residence of the DM while the Brina=dabani ground is adjacent to it.

SP, Malda Jayanta Pal said that there would be an administrative meeting convened by the DM, Malda on 22 January about the Republic Day programme. Mr Pal did not say anything more in this regard.

DM Dr Archana could not be reached for comment in this regard.

However, a senior administrative official, preferring anonymity, said, “It was solely the decision of the DM to shift the venue of the Republic Day celebration. First we heard that the programme would be reduced to the minimum citing the model code of conduct clause laid by the election commission. However, it’s better that at least the programme would be held.”

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