In Prime Minister’s public meeting in Bhachau, in Gujarat’s Kutch district on Monday, people wearing black were barred from entering domes, as they were deemed to be protestors.
Many people had to sit outside and watch the PM’s speech on LED screens. Women and Muslim maldharis (cattle herders) wearing grayish-black kurta and pyjamas were spared.
Tarachand Chheda, BJP MLA from Mandvi constituency in Kutch, said he was not aware of the issue. “I was at the venue from 1 pm to 6 pm. I didn’t see any pile of clothes at gates, nor did I receive any complaints on this. We hadn’t given any such instructions,” Chheda said, as per media sources.
The opposition Congress workers often use black flags while protesting at government events in Gujarat. When PM had visited Botad last month, similar restrictions were again enforced.
Several men in Kutch carry black shawls and use them as a headgear. At gate 9, Vishal Gharva, 23, a mechanic from Nangiya village, of Abdasa taluka in Kutch, was denied entry as he was wearing a black shirt. After some time, a boy leaving the dome handed Vishal a green T-shirt, that he was carrying. “I came all the way from my village to see Modi. I can’t miss this opportunity,” Vishal said.