Protests against the Kejriwal government have intensified after the DDMA banned Chhath Puja in Delhi. In response to the BJP’s relentless attack on the issue, Sisodia had made a failed attempt to put the ball in the center’s court, while now Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal himself has entered the fray. CM Kejriwal has written a letter to Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal for the approval of Chhath Puja in public places in the capital.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written a letter to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal regarding permission for Chhath festival in the national capital. He said, “The situation of Kovid in Delhi is better. In my view, we should allow Chhath Puja following all covid instructions. pic.twitter.com/G8vLuTE797
– ANI_HindiNews (HAHindinews) October 14, 2021
In a letter to the LG, CM Kejriwal has said that the corona infection in Delhi is under control for the last three months. Therefore, taking full care of the Corona protocol, permission should be given to celebrate Chhath Puja. He said that the states adjoining Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan have also been allowed to celebrate Chhath Puja with appropriate restrictions keeping in view the health and safety of the citizens.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 14, 2021
In view of the attacks by the people of Delhi and BJP, Kejriwal has appealed to LG Anil Baijal to convene a meeting of DDMA at the earliest and give approval for Chhath Puja. The Chief Minister has told LG Anil Baijal through a letter that the people of Delhi celebrate Chhath Puja every year with great faith. This festival is an important part of our Vedic Aryan culture. The person who worships Sun God and Chhathi Maiya on Chhath Puja is blessed with health, prosperity and happiness.
Seeing the letter, it would seem as if someone else had imposed a ban before this, but it is not so. However, due to Corona last time, Chhath festival was not organized in public places in Delhi. So at the same time, permission was given for many events including Eid this year when there were more cases of corona at that time. But in the case of Chhath, this year also the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), taking the cover of Corona, has issued an order banning the celebration of Chhath festival in public places. Due to which Delhi BJP started besieging the Kejriwal government. The BJP even tried to gherao the Chief Minister’s house citing permission on Eid.
At the same time, two days ago, on October 12, 2021, seeing the ban on Chhath Puja becoming a political issue, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia wrote a letter to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and tried to put the ball in the court of the Center, so that the BJP’s attack on this issue. can be blunted. But handing over the responsibility of the decision, the Health Ministry has put the ball back in the court of the Delhi government. Let us inform that Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia had sent a letter to the Health Minister of the Government of India, Mansukh Mandaviya, seeking permission to celebrate the festival and issuing guidelines in this regard.
The Deputy CM said that Chhath Puja is a historical festival celebrated in most states of North India. It is a socio-cultural festival for the Purvanchal society. People of Purvanchal community are eagerly waiting to celebrate this festival.
So at the same time, amidst the political tussle between the Delhi government and the BJP regarding Chhath Puja, the Center had made it clear that there is no need to issue separate guidelines for this. According to the Union Health Ministry, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) already exists for the entire country for religious events and festivals and the Delhi government should take a decision accordingly.
According to media reports, a senior official of the Union Health Ministry said that it is not right to make it a political issue. According to him, a national level SOP has been issued by the Centre. Along with this, all the states are issuing guidelines for festivals at the local level in view of the situation of infection in their respective states. The Delhi government can also take a decision accordingly.
So on the same day, Manoj Tiwari of Delhi BJP has also tweeted on Kejriwal’s letter, “Jai Chhathi Maiya… stubbornness broke in front of Aastha… ? Well it’s late, come well… Let’s celebrate Chhath together… Chhath Maiya Ki Jai.”
Jai Chhathi Maiya…the stubbornness broke in front of the faith…
The Chief Minister of Delhi, did not remember the banning of all this, as much as the story is written in the letter today?
Well it is late, come far away… let’s celebrate Chhath together… Jai of Chhath Maiya
— Manoj Tiwari (@ManojTiwariMP) October 14, 2021
Actually, this whole matter heated up when the Delhi government banned the celebration of Chhath in the open. Opposing the refusal to organize Chhath, the Delhi BJP had warned the Delhi government that even if the permission was not given, the Chhath festival would be organized. BJP’s argument was that if the entire Delhi can be unlocked and all kinds of activities have been allowed, then what is the ban on the celebration of Chhath.
Let us tell you that a group of BJP leaders led by Manoj Tiwari demonstrated near the CM House on Tuesday (October 12, 2021), demanding the removal of the ban on Chhath Puja in the capital. During this, Delhi Police had barricaded around the CM House. Its purpose was to prevent the protesters from reaching the CM House. He also suffered injuries during a demonstration outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s house against the ban on Chhath Puja.