AAP and Delhi BJP engage in letter war over Chhath puja

Responding to Manish Sisodia, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister,’s letter to the Union Health Minister about the Chhath Puja dispute, Manoj Tiwari, BJP MP, said Wednesday that if the Delhi government wanted to permit the festivities to be held in the capital, it would have requested the Centre to issue guidelines prior to the DDMA order being passed.

Tiwari wrote to Arvind Kejriwal on October 13, blaming Aam Aadmi Party for appeasement.

He stated that Chhath Puja was not only a Purvanchal community festival, but an integral part India’s culture and tradition.

Manish Sisodia, AAP leader, wrote Tuesday to Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Health Minister. He asked for the Centre to issue the appropriate Covid-19 guidelines following consultations with health experts and stakeholders to ensure that Delhiis can enjoy the festival safely.

Manoj Tiwari (Northern Delhi MP) has taken a stand against the Delhi government after he issued an order by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority to restrict Chhath Puja celebrations at public places within the city. He advised people to do the same at home.

On Tuesday, the Delhi BJP protested in front of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kehriwal’s official residence. This is where Manoj Tiwari, North East Delhi BJP MP, was injured by a water canon.

Tiwari stated earlier that he would defy DDMA to celebrate the festival which is most popular in Bihar and Jharkhand, as well as some parts of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Jharkhand.

The AAP condemned the Delhi BJP’s recent press conference on Chhath Puja, saying that “the health and well-being of the people is our top priority.” It is sad to see BJP playing dirty politics with this issue. “BJP doesn’t care about the lives of the people,” the statement said.