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Poll code takes sheen off Divas

- Event loses out on celebs

The Bihar Divas celebrations would be a low-key affair this time owing to the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha polls.

Unlike the past two years, the venue for the three-day celebrations (March 22, 23 and 24) would not be Gandhi Maidan. Events would be held at SK Memorial Hall, Rabindra Bhavan and Premchand Rangshala. No big celebrity or Bollywood singer would perform this time.

“Since most of the administrative machinery is busy with election work and the model code of conduct is also effective, it has been decided not to organise the events at Gandhi Maidan,” said M. Saravanan, director, primary education, education department.

Saravanan said the inaugural show, would be held at SK Memorial. Ravindra Bhavan would host programmes on local dialects and there would be performances by school and college students.

At Premchand Rangshala, poetry and drama events would be organised.

The celebrations would start with Bihar rajya geet (state anthem), prarthana (state prayer) and Bihar gaurav gaan. Bihar Divas would be also observed in districts with informative sessions on cleanliness, social issues and electoral awareness in government schools.

The state foundation day would also be a time to savour delicacies from the state and across the country. The Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) has roped in several firms to set up food stalls at the three venues. “We have chosen a few vendors, who would set up stalls,” said Navin Kumar, deputy general manager, BSTDC.

The tourism corporation would also organise “Bihar Food Festival, 2014” at Delhi Haat between March 20 and 31. The food court at Delhi Haat would comprise five stalls, offering delicacies from Bihar. One stall each on wildlife and handicraft from the state would also be set up.