But permission was denied for Christmas dance at the same venue
MARGAO: After the Christmas Dance controversy where the dance was shut down as a result of alleged political pressure, the organisers of the event have ensured that they have all the permissions for their traditional New Year dance “Midnight Magic” at Woodbourne. This is the 25th year of “Midnight Magic” and the organisers have roped in the former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat as the Chief Guest for the event along with Nuvem MLA Wilfred D’Sa.
However, the Curtorim police have confirmed that a complaint has been filed by residents of Gonvolloy and Dongorim wards of Nuvem village against the event. In the letter, they have stated that the sound of the music played and the traffic chaos is 10 times more than the other normal pool parties happening at the venue.
Speaking to Herald, Balon Cardozo, one of the signatories to the complaint said that the village youth have been organising Sao Jaoa at Woodbourne. “The local MLA is calling the hotel and telling them not to allow us to organise Sao Jao using the excuse of traffic and sound, because we are not his followers. We told the hotel that we residents have no problem with Christmas and New Year dances which have 10 times more sound and traffic. We (Sao Jao party) closed at 10.30 pm whereas they close the next morning. If this partiality is done, then all events have to be stopped at the venue. We don’t know what the interest of the local MLA and Congress is to interfere in this issue,” he said. He also stated that it is unfair that the village youth are not being allowed to organize events whereas people from outside are allowed.
Cardozo informed that they have submitted a complaint to Maina Police station on Saturday and will be submitting a complaint to the Collector on Monday.
The organizers of the event informed that if the locals had any objection, they should have raised the issue earlier. “Their actions are not fair to us and our guests. We are confident that the authorities will stand by all the permissions they have issued to us. This event has become part of peoples’ annual tradition. They are looking forward to the New Year dance. We want everyone to start the year on a happy and good note," organiser Dean D’Souza said.