Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh government has scrapped public holiday number sixteen, marking the birth or death of eminent personalities by cancelling the holiday on Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar’s death anniversary. A circular was issued in all the government departments of the state regarding the rollback of the order issued by the Samajwadi Party in 2015. The death anniversary of Architect of the Indian Constitution had been marked as a public holiday for last two years. The decision was first implemented by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government in the state but was later revoked by the SP government until Akhilesh Yadav declared holiday again in 2015 after coming into power in 2012.

The BJP government’s cancelling of all such holidays is apparently to remove the unnecessary off days in the administration and scrape of the ideas which were executed only for political gains from different sphere of societies. The move comes at a time when BJP has been particularly very favourable towards the Dalit community by invoking the name of BR Ambedkar in various political contexts. Ambedkar is considered as an inspiration in the Dalit community and the BSP government during its tenure had propagated the cause heavily throughout the state, declaring his death anniversary as a holiday.

Earlier during one of his public addressals, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath had voiced his opinion on creating awareness about the prominent personalities among the students and people rather than offering a holiday. “There will be no holiday in schools on birth anniversaries of great personalities, instead children would be taught about them,” said the Chief Minister.

After taking over at the helm of affairs in the state, as the Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath has so far scrapped 16 holidays which were offered on death/birth anniversaries of eminent personalities. Out of 42 holidays offered in the Uttar Pradesh at least 17 were related to birth or death anniversaries. Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti, Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti, Chhath Puja were some of the public holidays which were cancelled by Yogi Adityanath government.

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