Jagran Bureau, New Delhi. Amidst the political tussle between the Delhi government and the BJP over Chhath Puja, the Center has made it clear that there is no need to issue separate guidelines for this. According to the Union Health Ministry, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) already exists for the entire country for religious events and festivals and the Delhi government should take a decision accordingly. It is to be noted that the Delhi government has banned Chhath Puja in public places this year citing corona infection, which the Delhi State BJP is opposing.
A senior official of the Union Health Ministry said that making it a political issue is not right. According to him, a national level SOP has been issued by the Centre. Along with this, all the states are issuing guidelines for festivals at the local level in view of the situation of infection in their respective states. The Delhi government can also take a decision accordingly. He said that there is no need to fight over it.
Deputy Chief Minister wrote a letter to Mandaviya requesting to issue a new SOP
Seeing the ban on Chhath Puja becoming a political issue, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia wrote to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and tried to throw the ball in the Centre’s court to blunt the BJP’s attack on the issue. But handing over the responsibility of the decision, the Health Ministry has put the ball back in the court of the Delhi government.
BJP’s demonstration against the ban on Chhath Puja
Let us tell you that a group of BJP leaders led by Manoj Tiwari demonstrated near the CM House on Tuesday, demanding the removal of the ban on Chhath Puja in the capital. During this, Delhi Police had barricaded around the CM House. Its purpose was to prevent the protesters from reaching the CM House. He suffered injuries during a protest outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s house against the ban on Chhath Puja. After this he was immediately admitted to the emergency wing of Safdarjung Hospital.
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