The Karnataka government's ban on blind belief and superstitious practices seem to be having no impact. At least on the Vijayapura Zilla Panchayat members.
A general body meeting of the Zilla Panchayat that was scheduled for November 18 has been postponed in view of full moon day or 'Chatti Amavasya' that falls on November 18. In the Congress-ruled Zilla Panchayat, it was decided to discuss the review works on the day. However, it is reported that the Chief Planning officer of the ZP who schedules the meeting has reportedly called the ZP members and other officials of cancelling the meeting due to Amavasya. But this move has come under severe criticism in the district.
The State government implemented the Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of Inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill, 2017 recently to curb superstitious practices and blind rituals, recently. But quite contrastingly, the Zilla Panchayat administration is supporting the superstition by cancelling the meeting scheduled on full moon day.
"The decision to cancel the meeting discourages the very premise of the law. It is unfortunate that the public representatives believe more in superstition than in public welfare," reports Prajavani quoting a ZP member.
ZP member Saabu Mashyala of Kanamadi constituency blamed ZP president Neelamma Meti of deciding on meeting's date without consulting any members. "She fixed the meeting on the Amavasya day, itself. We did not want to attend the meeting on the Full Moon Day. Hence, the meeting has been postponed to next week," Saabu has been quoted saying.
However, the ZP's decision has come under severe criticism from all quarters. Rationalists have dubbed it as 'heights of foolishness'.
Meanwhile, it is reported that some of the ZP members requested the ZP president Neelamma Meti that they need to visit their family deities on Full Moon Day as it is considered auspicious. Reportedly coming under pressure, the meeting was postponed.