Delhi: DDMA banning Chhath Puja on Yamuna banks irritates politicians | Delhi News


NEW DELHI: BJP MP Manoj Tiwari on Saturday raised objections against the Delhi Disaster Management Authority not allowing Chhath puja celebrations on the banks of the Yamuna River and blamed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for that.
The DDMA is chaired by the Lieutenant Governor. In a letter to the CM, Tiwari pleaded that people should not be prevented from organizing Chhath puja on the banks of the Yamuna River. Meanwhile, BJP MP Parvesh Sahib Singh announced that he would challenge the DDMA ban and facilitate Chhath puja celebrations on Yamuna Bank and challenged CM Kejriwal to stop him.
Aam Aadmi party deputy Sanjeev Jha wrote a letter to LG Anil Baijal explaining that during Chhath puja no idol immersion takes place and that in fact devotees clean the banks of the river for the purpose of of the puja. Jha has requested a meeting with LG on this matter.
“Kejriwal ji, you are a member of DDMA. Why did you remain silent during the DDMA meeting? Why did your government not send a proposal (to the DDMA) for the holding of Chhath puja on the banks of Yamuna? You stayed silent because you were against Chhath puja from the start, ”Tiwari said in a tweet. Tiwari urged the AAP government to make public the proposal on Chhath puja that he presented to the DDMA.

Tiwari demanded that an emergency DDMA meeting be called and that BJP MPs also be invited to join the meeting to discuss the matter.
AAP MLA Jha argued that people celebrate Chhath puja every year on the banks of the Yamuna River. Jha said he was informed that permission was denied because pollution levels were increasing in the Yamuna as after the idol dips after Ganesh Chaturthi and Durga Puja and pointed out that Chhath Puja is celebrated in sync with nature.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government began preparations for the organization of Chhath puja at designated sites across the city and the DDMA issued a detailed ordinance specifying guidelines for holding the festival in the wake of the pandemic of Covid prevailing. Worshipers were allowed to hold a puja only at sites designated by the district authorities in consultation with the Chhath puja committees and other stakeholders.
Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot recently held a meeting with deputy ministers and revenue ministry officials and asked them to hold meetings with the Chhath puja organizing committees to designate sites and also start the preparations to provide the necessary facilities like lighting, tents, portable toilets, etc. on these sites. .

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