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Snags at Ellora festival condemned

AURANGABAD: A technical snag that caused disruption in a musical event during the Ellora-Ajanta International Festival on Saturday evening has evoked sharp reactions from social activists and political leaders.

They alleged that the district administration was responsible for the flop show and also demanded a high-level inquiry into the matter, reports The Times of India.

Raju Vaidya, Shiv Sena group leader in the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation, said it has been exposed that the district authorities did not plan the mega event systematically. “The festival being held here after a long gap lacked professional touch as the authorities were relying on some private agencies. The disruption in the musical show has sent a wrong message among the tourists and caused an irreparable loss to the tourism industry. The authorities should conduct an inquiry into the matter and take action against those responsible for it,” he said.

“The festival was organised to boost tourism, but its purpose has been defeated to a large extent. It is evident from poor participation of foreigners. Moreover, it has been found that the authorities have allotted most of the work to members associated with one particular organisation,” he said.

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