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Delhi: BJP MP Manoj Tiwari suffers injury during protest outside CM Kejriwal’s house over ban on Chhath puja

The protesters demanded the Kejriwal government to send a proposal to Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) for lifting the ban on the festival.

Delhi BJP MP Manoj Tiwari suffers injury during protest outside CM Kejriwal's house over ban on Chhath puja-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Oct 12, 2021, 2:46 PM IST
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New Delhi: During a protest staged by BJP leaders and workers near Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence against the ban on celebration of Chhath festival in the capital, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari got injured and was rushed to Safdarjung hospital.

He sustained an injury on his ear, said party leader Neelkant Bakshi.

The protesters demanded the Kejriwal government to send a proposal to Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) for lifting the ban on the festival.

Earlier, Kejriwal had said that the decision to prohibit Chhath at public places was taken in view of the health and safety of the people.

Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta and Tiwari on Monday had slammed the AAP government over Chhath Puja ban in public places.

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They said it was strange to put a ban on Chhath Puja celebrations when markets, shops and cinema halls and even swimming pools in Delhi were open. “Lakhs of people living in Delhi belong to the Purvanchali community and celebrate Chhath with great fervour, gaiety and faith. Arvind Kejriwal does not like this,” said Gupta.

Meanwhile, the BJP unit in Delhi said that it would celebrate the Chhath puja (at ghats) and the three corporations (MCDs), all ruled by the party, would make arrangements for it, even as the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has imposed restrictions on celebrations in the open.

Gupta said, “I would like to openly declare that we will celebrate the festival and all the preparations would be ensured through corporations.”

He also added that the celebrations would follow Covid-19 protocols.

The DDMA in its order on September 30, had prohibited Chhath puja at riverbanks, water bodies and other public places in view of Covid pandemic.

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