Looks like there might not be any Mega New Year celebrations this year. After Sunny Leone’s event was stonewalled by the Bengaluru authorities, it’s now the turn of south actress Gehana Vasisth who was scheduled to perform at a mega event in Madhya Pradesh.
Gehana Vasisth who is also scheduled to make a WC entry in the Bigg Boss 11 house according to media reports was not available for comment.
Gehana Vasisth’s manager Suresh Shetty told media persons in Mumbai that the organisers of the MP event were asked to submit the bio data and photographs of the performers. “When they saw that Gehana Vasisth was crowned “Ms Bikini Asia” in the past and noticed her raunchy bikini and other bold images online, they immediately denied permission.
The event organizers who claim to have spent almost 12 lakh on the event publicity till date, have decided to approach the High Court in this matter.
The MP authorities have not given any specific reason why Gehana Vaisisth’s show was denied permission, but it seems that the Governments of UP and MP have decided not to permit any big New Year celebrations, citing law and order issues. Government officials of the two BJP-ruled states said that there could be major law and order issues in the two states as right-wing groups are against celebration of Christmas and New Year in a big way.
Meanwhile, the event management company that planned a New Year’s Eve programme featuring actress Sunny Leone in Bengaluru – which was denied permission by the police amid ‘law and order concerns’ – has filed a writ petition in the Karnataka High Court, asking that the programme should be given approvals as they have planned the event for nearly two months now, reports News 18.
The petition will come up for hearing on Thursday. The programme, called ‘Sunny Night,’ is scheduled to feature many Kannada bands and artistes. There were three – four parts of the programme where Leone features – including one Kannada film song titled ‘Sesamma’.
The proposed programme saw many activists of a fringe group called the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike Yuva Sena holding protests at the programme venue in Bengaluru and in about 12 districts across the state.
Fringe right-wing groups are threatening to disrupt Christmas and New Year celebrations in the small-towns of Uttar Pradesh this year. A series of warnings from such groups have come on the heels of an alleged attack on priests holding pre-Christmas celebrations in Madhya Pradesh says the News 18 report. The police authorities in both states are naturally wary of granting permission to event organisers for fear of attacks by right-wing groups.
In Aligarh, a group called the Hindu Jagran Manch has issued a warning to Christian schools not to celebrate Christmas, claiming this would be a step towards “forced conversions” of Hindu students. In a letter meant to be sent to the school authorities, the group has demanded that children should neither be asked to bring gifts nor asked to participate in Christmas programmes.
“The circular would be reaching all schools very shortly and we will decide a course of action on receiving their response,” Sonu Savita, city president of the Hindu Jagran Manch, was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India.
In Agra, the Hindu Jagaran Manch and Vishwa Hindu Mahasangh, both fringe organisations, held a press conference two days ago. They told reporters that they want to register “peaceful yet vociferous” protests against what they “obscene behavior” during the New Year celebrations in hotels and restaurants.
The police say they are taking precautions to ensure that the festivities go smoothly. The senior officers of the city and all districts have been asked to “take strict legal action” against those indulging in intimidation of any sort,” PTI quoted senior police officer Anand Kumar as saying.
The state government has claimed it has no knowledge of the matter. “The government has clear policies that all religions must be respected. People are free to celebrate festivals of any religion. The government won’t interfere,” Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma has said.