Politicians in Gujarat are worried that the state Assembly elections next month will coincide with the wedding season when a large number of people are likely to remain busy planning and participating in such events. Political parties will certainly go all out to convince people to take some time out to cast their vote.
The wedding planners said that December 2, 4, and 8 are among the most auspicious for weddings and hundreds of weddings are planned during that time. The Assembly polls will be held in two phases, on December 1 and 5, and the counting of votes will be taken up on December 8.
The wedding season will get busy from November 22 and last until the beginning of ‘kamurta’ period from December 16 when no auspicious events are planned. Hundreds of weddings are planned between November 22 and December 16, with a large number of events scheduled on the auspicious dates of December 2, 4 and 8.
Since Covid-19-related restrictions like night curfew and limit on the number of guests have been lifted, the number of wedding events planned this winter season has risen sharply. “There is a wedding rush and a large number of such functions are planned this season,” Anand Thakrar from The Shaadi Planner, a Vadodara-based firm, told news agency PTI.
“Since the Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted, the number of guests at wedding functions is also seen increasing sharply to 500-1,000 people. This is also a key difference compared to last year,” he said.
Priest Kamlesh Trivedi from Ahmedabad told PTI that the auspicious wedding dates are between November 25 and December 14, before the nearly month-long ‘kamurta’ period starts on December 16. “A large number of weddings are planned on the ‘muhurat’ dates — November 28, 29 and December 2, 4, and 8, which are around the election schedule,” Trivedi said.
Gujarat Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi noted that people have scheduled weddings and cannot defer them for elections. “We will try to convince them to take some time out to cast their vote. A marriage is important no doubt, but they can take out some time to participate in this celebration of democracy,” he told PTI.
Gujarat Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesperson Karan Barot told PTI, “It is the responsibility of the people to ensure the victory of a good candidate, irrespective of which political party he/she belongs to.”
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