Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh government recently cancelled 15 public holidays in marking the birth or death anniversary of eminent personalities.

Most of the holidays had been declared by the previous Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) governments apparently to keep certain sections of the society in good humour, often with an eye on the vote bank.

"There should be no holidays in schools on birth anniversaries of great personalities. Instead, a special two- hour programme should be held to teach students about them. The 220-day academic session has been reduced to only 120 days due to such holidays and if this tradition continues, there will be no day left for teaching in schools," the CM earlier said.

In Uttar Pradesh, there are 42 public holidays of which at least 17 are related to the birth anniversaries of eminent personalities.

Here is the list of 10 public holidays that have been scrapped by the government:

Jan Nayak Karpori Thakur birth anniversary (Jan 24),
Maharshi Kashyap and Maharaj Guha birth anniversary (Apr 5),
Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti Ajmeri Gareeb Nawaz Urs on (Apr 14), 
Chandrashekhar birth anniversary (April 17)
Parashu Ram Jayanti (April 28)
Maharana Pratap Jayanti (May 9) 
Jamat Ul Vida on June 23 (last Friday of Ramzan) 
Chhat Puja (October 26)
Eid Milad Un Nabi (December 2) 
Chaudhary Charan Singh Jayanti (December 23)

Apart from this, here is a list of hard to believe school holidays that UP has,

Sant Ravidas Jayanti (February 10) 
Cheti Chand Avkash (March 29)
Maharishi Kashyap Avam Maharaja Nishad Raj Guha Jayanti (April 5)
Mohammad Hazrat Ali Janam Divas (April 11)
Parshuram Jayanti (April 28)
Lok Nayak Maharana Pratap Jayanti (May 9)
Shab-e-Baraat (May 12)
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Acharya Narendra Dev Jayanti (October 31)
Chehlum (November 16)
Virangana Uda Devi sahidi divas (November 16)
Guru Teg Bahadur Sahid Divas (November 24)

(With inputs from PTI)