Right wing groups to oppose V-Day celebrations in Orissa

February 13th, 2009 - 3:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyBhubaneswar, Feb 13 (IANS) Several right wing groups said Friday they will oppose Valentine’s Day celebration in Orissa this Saturday as it is “not in tune with Indian culture”.
“We will keep close watch. We will not allow celebrations here,” Aanjan Jena, who claims to head the Laxman Sena, told IANS here.

Jena said his group was formed in the memory of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati- a Hindu leader killed in Kandhamal district Aug 23 last year.

“We have organised several meetings in the city in the past two three days to create awareness. We will protest if anybody celebrates it including in hotels,” he said.

However another organisation said it will oppose the celebrations peacefully.

“We are going to oppose the celebration peacefully,” said Prasanta Rout, state vice president of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student’s wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

In temple town of Puri, 56 km from here, police have found several posters and banners appealing to people to discourage Valentine’s Day celebrations.

“We will not allow any untoward incident to happen,” said Himanshu Lal, deputy commissioner of police in Bhubaneswar.

“We are tightening security across the city and positioning guards in hotels and parks,” Lal said.

“It is just a perverted interpretation of religion and culture. We oppose this kind of moral policing,” said Tapashi Praharaj, a leader active on gender-equity issues.

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