The BJP led Central Government has exempted the observing of Digital India Day to be held on Friday in the Christian-majority states of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram on account of Good Friday.
In a letter to the Chief Secretary of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram, Niti Aayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant said on account of Good Friday, the state governments were facing an issue about organising the Digi Dhan Mela. In the letter, Kant stated, “It has been decided that the Digi Dhan Mela may be held on another date convenient to the governments of Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland.”
The move came in after the protests from the BJP Ally in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram since they did not want to observe Digital India Day on Good Friday.
As we all know that Good Friday is one of the important days for Christianity, the day on which Jesus was crucified 2,017 years ago. Apart from Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma, even the opposition parties like United Democratic Party and Hill State People’s Democratic Party has opposed this move.
On the other hand Nagaland Chief Secretary Pankaj Kumar mentioned that the State Government will not join any promotional activity on Good Friday.
In Mizoram, Young Mizo Association has termed the decision, a show of disregard to one’s religion. It urged the Congress Government headed by Lal Thanhawla not to organise the Digital India Day or any other official function on Good Friday as it would hurt the religious sentiments.