The political temperature rises due to Chhath! BJP MP Manoj Tiwari said - Manoj Tiwari said - if Kejriwal is not worried about Delhi, then become the CM of Punjab

The political temperature rises due to Chhath! BJP MP Manoj Tiwari said - Manoj Tiwari said - if Kejriwal is not worried about Delhi, then become the CM of Punjab

New Delhi. BJP MP Manoj Tiwari on Sunday criticized Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the preparations for Chhath Puja. Taking a jibe at Kejriwal's Gujarat visit, he said, "With pollution rising, CM Kejriwal should have stayed in Delhi to prepare for Chhath puja, instead he is visiting Gujarat as he does not want the facilities of devotees here." If he is 'not worried about Delhi, he should go to Punjab and become CM there.' Meanwhile, there has been a war of words over pollution in the Yamuna river and preparations for the festival at the ghats.

BJP MP Parvesh Verma shared several videos on Twitter and said that the devotees are sad that water is not available in the temporary ponds built for them to celebrate the festival. Referring to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's promise to clean the river, he said "those 5 years will never come". He also shared purported videos of Yamuna foaming due to pollution from 2015.

Senior AAP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh also shared a video of foam in the Yamuna river at Mathura Barrage in Uttar Pradesh, taking a dig at the BJP. This made Verma hit back at Singh, saying that the Yamuna flows from Delhi to UP and this raises questions about the education of the AAP MP. Delhi Congress president Anil Kumar along with several Chhath devotees staged a protest at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) office near ITO at the ghats alleging a lack of preparation and a ban on celebrating the festival only at designated places along the Yamuna. Kumar also alleged that Revenue Minister Kailash Gehlot and AAP MLAs kept avoiding meeting the women devotees who had gone to the AAP office.

Some BJP leaders alleged that people in Najafgarh were prevented from celebrating Chhath by the authorities. The LG had earlier written a letter to the chief minister asking him to take care of the froth that has accumulated in the Yamuna due to pollution. The celebrations took place across the city on Sunday afternoon, along with other water bodies and artificial ponds along the Yamuna at designated places. Will begin with a huge gathering of devotees at the Ghats. Officials had earlier said that the revenue department is the nodal agency for Chhath Puja arrangements and all other governments and civic agencies are working in close coordination to make the festival a success. The department has made arrangements for tents, chairs, tables, lighting, sound system, CCTV, LED screens, power backup, etc. at all 1,100 places of worship.

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