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MP, Chhattisgarh not to celebrate Holi

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Bhopal, Mar 13 (UNI) Members of the Madhya Pradesh cabinet will not celebrate Holi this year in view of deaths of innocent peoples in Varanasi blasts besides widespread crop loss due to unseasonal rainfall and hailstorm in the state.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan informed about the decision before be left for affected areas in Shivpuri, Tikamgarh and Chhatarpur districts to assessdamage to crops due to hailstorm, an official release said here today.

Meanwhile, a UNI report from Raipur said Chhattisgarh Governor K M Seth has also decided not to celebrate the festival of colours due to recent naxalite violence in Dantewada in which innocent tribals were killed.

The customary 'Open House' programme at Raj Bhawan will not be held this year.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh told reporters here yesterday that he will not celebrate Holi and no programme has been organised at his official residence.

Besides, Dr Singh has decided not to visit his paternal village Thathapur and home town Kavardha.

In a statement here, Chhattisgarh Congress President Charan Das Mahant said he will neither celebrate nor participate in a Holi programme in view of deaths of innocent tribals and jawans due to recent spurt in Naxalite violence.

Newly-formed Vikas Party President P R Khunte too will not celebrate Holi.

Recently, 26 tribals were killed and more than 30 injured in a Naxal-triggered explosion in Dantewada while returning after participating in anti-Naxal 'Salwa Judum' campaign.

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