[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) says it supports the call of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha that November 11, 2015 be the date for celebration of Deepavali/Diwali in Guyana and demands an end to political interference in religious affairs.
A press statement from the Party noted that Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan has dealt a “devastating and irrevocable blow to the government which he is part of” by signing November 10 as the date for the observance of the Hindu Holiday.
“From all indications, Ramjattan was picked by the APNU to make this unpopular decision to bring the AFC and its principal leaders into disrepute and to make the AFC unpopular among Indo-Guyanese in general, the Hindu community is particular,” the statement noted.
The PPP believes that Ramjattan’s decision was “clearly a political act on the part of the APNU+AFC by inserting themselves in the long-held religious and cultural traditions of our country.”
The Party noted that before the beginning of each calendar year, the Minister of Home Affairs is provided with a list of holiday dates to be observed throughout the country for the incoming year and long before the May 2015 elections, the former Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee, had signed off November 11 as the Diwali Holiday.
The PPP is now demanding that the political date given as a national holiday be withdrawn forthwith and that November 11, 2015 be declared the national holiday as agreed and reflected in all calendars issued in the national territory of Guyana.