Arvind Kejriwal requests Delhi Lt Governor to allow Chhath Puja celebrations

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written a letter to Delhi Lieutenant  Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday requesting him to permit Chhath Puja in Delhi. The letter points read - "For the last 3 months, the coronavirus situation is under control in Delhi and  I believe, that we should allow the festival of Chhath Puja to be conducted with Covid-19 protocols in place." The Delhi Chief Minister further added that neighbouring states like Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana have permitted their residents to celebrate the festival with necessary Covid protocols. At this point, "I request you to urgently call a meeting of Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) to pass the order allowing the celebration of 'Chhath Puja'," Kejriwal noted.

This comes after North East Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari has written a letter to Kejriwal and mentioned that had his government been serious about holding Chhath puja, it would have asked for directions from the Union health ministry in September itself before announcing the ban.

Earlier on September 30, the Delhi government mentioned that the Chhath puja celebration shall not be allowed in public places, public grounds, riverbanks, and temples citing the COVID-19 pandemic in the national capital. An order issued by the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) advised the public to celebrate Chhath puja at their homes. According to the DDMA, Durga Puja and Ramlila can be organised in Delhi this year under certain conditions, but the public event of Chhath Puja has been banned.

 

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