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How Thrissur Pooram got its fireworks back

The tragedy that took 108 lives at the Puttingal temple in Kollam could not have come at a worse time for Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy as his party gear up to face a tough battle in May. But even as the disaster prompted many people to demand a ban on fireworks displays at temple festivals in the state, Thrissur Pooram, which started on Sunday, simply could not be denied its spectacle. Chandy had to do some deft manoeuvering to ensure that the Thrissur Pooram show went on in order to save the Congress some votes in the forthcoming Assembly elections.

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