New Delhi: Amid protests against the ban on public celebration of Chhath puja in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to Lieutenant General Anil Baijal urging him to allow the celebration this year.
Kejriwal posted a tweet on Thursday, accompanied by the letter that he had written to Baijal.
Just like last year, this time, too, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority had banned Chhath puja celebration at riverbanks, water bodies and other public places in Delhi. The order, dated September 30, was issued in view of Covid-19 pandemic.
In his letter, Kejriwal said the Covid situation was under control and that neighbouring states, too, had given the go-ahead to Chhath puja celebration with strict enforcement of Covid protocol. He called for similar relaxation in Delhi as well.
It may be recalled that two days back, BJP leaders had protested outside Kejriwal’s house demanding that the festivities be allowed this time. Police had to use water cannon to disperse the crowd. Party leader Manoj Tiwari was injured in the melee and had to be taken to the hospital.
Later, the Aam Aadmi Party had accused BJP of playing politics over the issue, blaming the BJP-led central government for not revising Covid guidelines for the festival.
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