Delhi LG VK Saxena has declared Chhath Puja on Sunday, 30 October as dry day in the national capital. On the other hand, according to the Lt Governor's office, the Delhi government lied about the date of launching the 'Red Light On, Car Off' campaign.
New Delhi: Delhi LG VK Saxena has declared Chhath Puja on Sunday, 30 October as dry day in the national capital. On the other hand, according to the Lt Governor’s office, the Delhi government lied about the date of launching the ‘Red Light On, Car Off’ campaign.
The Opposition in the national capital had demanded that Chhath be declared a dry day.
Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta on Friday wrote to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal demanding the same. Gupta stated that the move would maintain the sanctity of the national capital as well as the festival. Delhi Congress, on the other hand, had demanded the announcement of a public holiday and dry day on Chhath, saying that under former CM Sheila Dikshit’s tenure, Chhath was a public holiday in Delhi.
Lieutenant Governor Saxena had earlier given his nod to holding Chhath Puja at designated ghats on the Yamuna. He, however, urged CM Kejriwal against “misleading and premature publicity” over the issue.
Sources in the LG office told PTI that a few days ago a tweet by Kejriwal had caused confusion with many people assuming that the puja could be performed anywhere along the Yamuna river.
They said the LG has approved the file on Chhath Puja sent to him but also took note of Kejriwal’s tweet on October 21 even before the final approval was granted. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), however, expressed objection over the language used by the LG for the chief minister in the note and said Saxena was “hungry for cheap publicity”.
Chhath Puja, which involves the offering of ‘arghya’ to the Sun god by fasting women in knee-deep water, will be celebrated on October 30 and 31. The festival is hugely popular among Purvanchalis — people belonging to Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh — living in Delhi.
On Friday, Delhi Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot visited Hathi Ghat on the banks of the Yamuna near ITO to take stock of the preparations. The minister checked the sanitation, lighting, water supply arrangements and the digging of temporary ponds and also issued directives to accelerate the remaining works.