New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Manoj Tiwari sustained injuries this afternoon while protesting outside Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s home against a ban on the celebration of Chhath Puja at public places amid Covid-19 restrictions . He was taken to a hospital. The 50-year-old BJP leader was rushed to the emergency wing of the Safdarjung Hospital, where he was reported to be stable. Visuals showed Tiwari surrounded by supporters trying to help him.
Tiwari was leading a group of protestors, including Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta, seeking the revocation of the ban when Delhi police used water cannons to disperse the protesters.
Before the protest, his office had posted a video where he is seen appealing people to join the demonstration.
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The area near the CM’s residence was barricaded by Delhi Police to prevent them from marching to the CM’s house. Tiwari climbed on the barricade when the police used water canon to disperse the protestors which hit Tiwari.
Tiwari fell down from a barricade he had climbed onto as Delhi Police used the water cannons and got injured.
“He has been admitted in the emergency ward of Safdarjung Hospital and is under treatment,” Neelkant Bakshi, a BJP leader said.
For past one week, Tiwari has been demanding lifting of ban on Chhath puja and has also started ‘Chhath Yatra’ to mobilize people against the ban.
Tiwari on Monday said that the AAP government should allow celebration of Chhath puja in public places with strict Covid protocols but should not ban the festival which is connected with the sentiments of the people.