AAP protests Rahas Lokotsav in drought-hit Sagar, Bundelkhand
Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday staged a protest in front of the
residence of Madhya Pradesh minister Gopal Bhargava for organising a folk dance
festival in Bundelkhand region notwithstanding the drought and water crisis.
“Is it proper to organise ‘Rai Dance’ of 101 Bedni (SC) women
in the drought-affected Bundelkhand region in the name of tradition when people
are migrating from there in search of jobs and farmers committing suicide
allegedly due to mounting crop debts,” AAP state unit secretary Akshay Hunka
The festival -- Rahas Lokotsav -- is organised in the Rural
Development, Panchayati Raj and Cooperatives Minister’s Garha Kota constituency
in Sagar district.
The festival is held on various occasions during summer
The AAP leader asked chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to
immediately cancel the event in view of the prevailing drought situation in the
“On one hand, the state government has launched a scheme
‘Jaavli Yojna’ for the rehabilitation of Bedni women, who used to perform Rai
dance, while on the other it is organising a such event in the name of
“What message the government is trying to give to the society
by organising such an event,” Hunka asked.
Courtesy: Hindustan Times