With the BJP stepping up its protests against the ban on Chhath Puja celebrations, the Delhi government has now written to the centre to issue guidelines to observe the festival amid the pandemic.
In his letter to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has said Chhath Puja people from the Purvanchal belt, including those in Delhi, are eagerly looking forward to celebrating Chhath.
Referring to the impact of the pandemic on our lives over the past 18 months, Mr Sisodia has said that the festival was celebrated last year as per guidelines laid down by the centre to prevent a spike in Covid cases.
He has urged the centre to consult experts and accordingly issue appropriate guidelines to observe the festival this time.
The letter comes against the backdrop of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority’s guidelines prohibiting Chhath celebrations at river banks in view of the pandemic.
A three-day festival that will be observed from November 8-10 this year, Chhath Puja celebrations see people gather at river banks. It is a key festival in north India, especially in the Purvanchal region that covers parts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.