BJP’s Manoj Tiwari Politicising Chhath Puja, Says Delhi Minister

BJP's Manoj Tiwari Politicising Chhath Puja, Says Delhi Minister

Minister Gopal Rai said, “During BJP regime in Delhi, not a single Chhath Puja was organised.” (File)

New Delhi:

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai has slammed Lok Sabha MP Manoj Tiwari for demanding permission to conduct Chhath Puja in Delhi and asked him to talk to BJP-ruled Centre to issue fresh COVID-19 protocols.

The minister that Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has issued a notification according to the guidelines issued by the Union health ministry and asked him to talk to BJP-ruled Union government to issue a fresh COVID-19 protocol for celebrating the festival.

Mr Tiwari on Tuesday held a protest outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s official residence demanding permission to allow Chhath Puja in Delhi.

The Environment Minister accused Mr Tiwari of politicising health issue due to fear of BJP losing civic body polls which is due next year.

“Tiwari does not care about Purvanchalis but they are scared that BJP would lose MCD elections and attempting to politicise the Chhath Puja,” he said.

The minister also said, “During the BJP regime in Delhi, not a single Chhath Puja was organised in the city. When the Congress came to power, it conducted Chhath Puja at 68 places which was increased to 1,068 places by the AAP government.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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