400 people will be able to take out procession on Eid-E-Milad; Gujarat govt issues guidelines

New Delhi: The Gujarat government has allowed 400 people to gather in the Eid-e-Milad procession amid restrictions on massive events over the Coronavirus epidemic. But the procession should remain inside an area, colony, or street and not go out of the area. The announcement comes a day after three Congress MLAs - Gayasuddin Sheikh, Imran Khedawala and Mohammad Javid Pirzada - had requested the BJP government in the state to raise the limit for participation in the procession from 15 people to 400 people.

On Sunday, the Gujarat government said on the Eid-e-Milad programme in the state that a procession could be taken out on Tuesday with some restrictions in view of the coronavirus epidemic situation. Guidelines issued by the state home department on Sunday said that no one more than 15 people and a vehicle could be involved in the Eid-e-Milad procession.

Following the notification, Sheikh and two other Muslim MLAs wrote a letter to Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel expressing displeasure over the norm and requesting him to allow 400 participants in a procession as per the COVID-19 guideline. In an 'explanation' released later on Monday, the Gujarat government said that a procession could involve 400 people. But it should walk inside an area, locality or street and not go out of that limited area.'

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