Mussoorie, November 9
Functions, which were to be organised to mark the 13th Foundation Day of Uttarakhand, were cancelled due to protest by some social activists in the town here today.

A social activist and president of the Parvitaya Bigul Sanstha Pradeep Bhandari said he would boycott the Uttarakhand Film and Television Award ceremony to be held in the town on November 10.
The municipal council (MC) had prepared for several programmes, including a show by a Garhwali singer Preetam Bhartwan today. The show was cancelled by the MC after Pradeep lodged a protest against having such programmes in the town. He termed it as disrespect to the disaster-affected victims. He said the municipal council despite the clear government order of observing the state Foundation Day with simplicity had flouted rules in the process.
The MC cancelled all programmes to be held today. It also refused to finance the Uttarakhand Film and Television Award ceremony.
Pradeep alleged that the film and television award function was not authentic as organisers had a checkered past. He said he along with other social activists would protest against the award ceremony.
Organising members of the film and television awards Anil Godiyal and Rajendar Rawat said the MC was not involved with them now. They said they would go ahead with the award ceremony despite the call for protest given by some social activists. People protesting against this award ceremony had dubious motives, they added.
Godiyal said organising members were funding the whole project privately. There was no reason to rake up a controversy over it.
Municipal council Executive Officer PS Rawat said they were not part of any function being organised to commemorate the state Foundation Day.

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