Vijayawada: BJP leaders led by the party's former Andhra Pradesh president Kanna Lakshminarayana met Governor Biswa Bhushan Harichandan on Tuesday and submitted a memorandum urging him to direct the authorities to lift the ban on Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in the state.

It may be recalled that clashes broke out in several parts of Andhra Pradesh after BJP workers stormed collectorates and other revenue offices demanding permission to set up Ganesh pandals at public places.

Stepping up pressure, BJP and its allied organizations staged rallies and dharnas across the state. Party workers clashed with the police at protests held in Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Machilipatnam, Kurnool, Kadapa, and Anantapur.

Several leaders were taken into custody. They were later released on bail. BJP president Somu Veerraju was taken into custody on Sunday and later released in Kurnool.

In the memorandum to the Governor, the BJP leaders requested his interference and asked him to instruct authorities to lift the ban and make necessary arrangements statewide for public celebrations. They sought permission to erect Ganesh pandals while following COVID-19 protocols and guidelines issued by the Union government.

"It is shocking to note that at many places Ganesh idols made by artisans are being destroyed and carried in garbage trucks," the BJP leaders informed the Governor.


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