Governmental issues over Chhath puja escalates in Delhi: Tiwari to hold rath yatras in Purvanchal-overwhelmed regions for input on holding celebration

  • Oct. 8, 2021, 5:03 p.m.

BJP MP from Northeast Delhi Manoj Tiwari will be taking out rath yatras in regions with a sizeable Purvanchal populace to look for their input on holding Chhath Puja in the capital. The choice comes days after he had said he would oppose the Delhi Disaster Management Authority's organization and hold Chhath Puja at city ghats. 

The DDMA had given rules saying that no Chhath festivities will be permitted at public spots and riverbanks in the public capital, and fairs and food slows down won't be allowed during celebrations. Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal is the executive of the DDMA. 

Tiwari said, "The Delhi government has permitted pools to open yet restricted Chhath puja. The Purvanchali people group won't endure this at any expense." 

The rath yatra, for which a van has been prepared, will begin on Saturday and cover Purvanchal-ruled regions like Kirari, Patparganj, Vikaspuri, Uttam Nagar, Ghonda, Badli, Matiala, Dwarka, Laxmi Nagar, Seemapuri, and Karawal Nagar, said BJP pioneer Neelkant Bakshi. 

After Tiwari said he would oppose the request, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had spoke to match pioneers to "not do governmental issues" over Chhath Puja, even as he affirmed that the limitations forced on its festivals at riverbanks and other public spots were for the wellbeing of individuals in the midst of the continuous Covid-19 pandemic. 

"We likewise need that life ought to be in the groove again, and Chhath Puja ought to be commended with much merriments. Individuals offer 'arghyas' (to the Sun God) in the evening and the following morning by entering a waterbody. However, there is a huge danger implied in it; regardless of whether one individual is contaminated with Covid, the person can spread to every other person around him through mechanism of water," he had said. 

To which Tiwari said, "The Kejriwal government has permitted opening of pools where individuals stay in water for quite a long time in gatherings. When such countless individuals utilizing pools for quite a long time can't spread Covid, then, at that point, how could Chhath puja festivities in which fans get into the water just for quite a while spread Covid?" 

Bakshi said the public authority can "authorize Covid insurances which Chhath puja samitis would comply… Nearly 2 crore individuals have been inoculated so there is no compelling reason to stop the celebration." 

He added that after the yatra, an assignment of samitis would meet L-G Baijal and attempt to meet CM Kejriwal to persuade them to allow authorization. 

Chhath Puja is attached to legislative issues in the capital – the celebration is praised by Purvanchalis, who comprise more than 30% of the city's populace. Individuals from Eastern UP and Bihar are accepted to be in the larger part in 16 of 70 Assembly situates in the capital, according to a review by the Center for the Study of Developing Societies. 

Prior to the pandemic, both the AAP-drove Delhi government and BJP's MCD chiefs would spend enormous aggregates on Chhath ghat arrangements. 

Seen as a Congress vote bank prior, Purvanchali electors moved to AAP in enormous numbers during the 2015 Assembly races when 13 pioneers with a Purvanchal foundation had won. The BJP had in 2016 selected Tiwari, who comes from Bihar, as state leader of the Delhi unit – till then overwhelmed by Punjabi and Bania pioneers – to draw in these citizens.

Author : Rajdhani Delhi Representative

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