New Delhi, Nov 20|| Snigdha Maurya
A large section of Delhi residents from Purvanchal live in small houses. Hence, they worship the sun and nature on the banks of Yamuna on the occasion. The government decision has hurt the sentiments of the people celebrating Chhath Mahaparva. Instead of solving the problems, the Delhi government is obstructing the festivals,” said Adesh Gupta at a press
Chhath, which is celebrated six days after Diwali, starts on November 20 this year. It is one of the most popular festivals for the people of Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh. The Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government has decided to ban community Chhath Puja celebrations at Ghats to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Thursday, 12th November.
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has instructed officials to ensure that Chhath Puja this year is not performed at public places, river banks and temples in Delhi. The Delhi government is facing protest from different national and regional parties for its decision. It displayed failure of Delhi government in curbing the coronavirus pandemic as the second wave is predicted and dramatic rise of covid-19 cases with more than 95000 cases recorded between1-14th November. The opposition on Friday asked the Arvind Kejriwal government to lift the restrictions imposed on performing Chhath Puja at public places and river banks. The decision to “ban” Chhath Puja after prohibiting green crackers is highly condemnable, said Delhi BJP chief Adesh Kumar Gupta.
“It is clear that the government has no intention of working on the ground. Every year, the government used to make complete arrangements for Chhath Mahaparv, which is celebrated by Purvanchalis. A large section of Delhi residents from Purvanchal live in small houses. Hence, they worship the sun and nature on the banks of Yamuna on the occasion. The government decision has hurt the sentiments of the people celebrating Chhath Mahaparva. Instead of solving the problems, the Delhi government is obstructing the festivals,” said Adesh Gupta at a press conference. President of the Purvanchal Morcha of Delhi BJP Kaushal Mishra and its spokesperson Aditya Jha were also present at the conference.
Anyone who goes to the ghat for Chhath Puja will face a fine of Rs 1,000. Gupta said it was the responsibility of the Kejriwal government to make all arrangements at ghats in time so that people could celebrate Chhath Mahaparva by following social distancing norms, but it failed to do so.
Hence the decision made reflects the failure of the Delhi Government in handling the pandemic so far.
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