Months after Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh (UP) cancelled a huge number of public holidays, it seems that Arvind Kejriwal-led government in Delhi may also follow in the footsteps of UP government. In a latest announcement made by the Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, he said that holidays falling on death the anniversary of eminent personalities were considered to be cancelled. Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia took to Twitter and informed, “The Delhi government will cancel holidays falling on birth or death anniversary of eminent personalities. I have issued instruction to the chief secretary in this regard.”

Previously, the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Uttar Pradesh led by party’s fire-brand leader Yogi Adityanath had cancelled almost close to 15 public holidays in the state in educational institutions. Most of the holidays cancelled by the government were falling on birth or death anniversary of renowned people. Therefore, following the lead taken by the UP government in this regard, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi may soon cancel public holidays in educational institutions in the near future.

In April this year, the 4th cabinet meet, Adityanath’s government scrapped 15 public holidays pertaining to the birth and death anniversaries of eminent personalities. In the meet it was asked to put these holidays in the list of restricted holidays for the government employees. However, schools and colleges have been asked to organise a special program to commemorate the respective occasion.

While addressing a function on the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar, CM Adityanath had said that if the idea is to perpetuate the memory of the personalities, and inspire people, why not spend extra time in teaching kids about that rather giving them a holiday on the occasion. Initiating the league of change, Uttar Pradesh was the first state to scrap the birth and death anniversary holidays from its list.