Following the 27 March notification where the Manipur governor issued a notification declaring 30 and 31 March 2024, which falls on Saturday and Sunday (Easter Sunday for Christians) respectively as working days for all public offices, a political spat between the Congress and BJP has transpired.

The 27 March notification where Easter Sunday was declared a working day ignited outrage from the public especially from the Kuki-Zo community, the Nagas and the Christian rights groups such as the United Christian Forum (UCF) in the conflict-ridden State of Manipur calling it ‘unconstitutional’.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor also reacted to the order calling it “surprising and worrying”.

“It has come in the aftermath of a devastating year in Manipur where violence happened. Amid all this, to hurt the sentiment of one community is a matter of grave concern. The Government of India should intervene and get this withdrawn,” he told reporters.

The outrage towards this order persisted for hours on Thursday and it soon leaked on social media. Following this, the Manipur government reissued a notification declaring that only 30 March (Saturday) would be a working day for all government offices in the State.

After the old order was revoked, BJP MPs such as Prakash Javadekar and party leaders such as Kerala unit president K Surendran posted statements on X accusing the Congress of “spreading falsehoods” while reiterating that Easter Sunday remained a holiday.

These MPs asserted that the Manipur government had given holidays for both Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and went on to accuse the Congress of “having no issues” and relying on “falsehood”.

MTNews Desk

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