Amid Delhi BJP’s protests within the metropolis in opposition to the Delhi authorities for not permitting Chhath puja celebrations within the metropolis due to Covid-19, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has written to Union Well being Minister Mansukh Mandaviya to carry a gathering with well being specialists and are available out with tips to have fun the competition.
“I request the Centre to carry a dialogue with well being specialists and different associated individuals and are available out with tips to have fun Chhath quickly so that each one north Indians who have fun the competition can accomplish that maintaining in thoughts their beliefs in addition to security,” Sisodia wrote.
In September, the Delhi Catastrophe Administration Authority (DDMA), which is headed by L-G Anil Baijal, had issued an order banning the celebration of Chhath in public locations.
“Festivals, melas, meals stalls, jhoolas, rallies and processions is not going to be permitted throughout festivals in Delhi. Chhat pooja celebration shall not be allowed in public locations and individuals are suggested to have fun the identical at their houses,” the DDMA had stated in an official order. Chhath celebrations begin within the second week of November.
The Delhi BJP has been attacking the Aam Aadmi Social gathering (AAP) authorities constantly for the previous week over the ban. A protest was additionally held outdoors the home of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday over the problem.
In line with estimates, over 30 per cent of Delhi’s inhabitants is initially from Purvanchal and the competition has gained a lot significance through the years. Political events have additionally tried arduous to woo Purvanchali voters and earlier than the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the federal government actively engaged with the inhabitants and elevated the variety of ghats arrange throughout town and alongside river banks to have fun the competition. The preparations have been made each by the AAP authorities in addition to the BJP-headed municipal companies. The problem has additionally develop into necessary as municipal elections are due within the metropolis early subsequent 12 months.
In his letter on Tuesday, Sisodia wrote, “Final 12 months too, maintaining in thoughts the risks of the Covid-19 pandemic within the nation, Chhath celebrations weren’t allowed maintaining in thoughts the choice taken by the Authorities of India.”
Whereas the DDMA had imposed related restrictions final 12 months as nicely, the instructions flowed from the Centre’s choice. This 12 months, the Centre has not handed any explicit restrictions to date.