New Delhi, November 15 (Language) Leaders of the Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday tried to corner the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ahead of Chhath and attack the ruling party citing heavy pollution in the Yamuna river. Accused of hurting religious sentiments.
There was no immediate response from AAP on the allegations of BJP leaders.
BJP’s Delhi unit president Virendra Sachdeva, in a joint press conference, accused AAP of playing with the religious sentiments of the people.
“The layer of white foam on the Yamuna water has hurt the sentiments of the Purvanchali people who celebrate Chhath after three days,” he said.
He also alleged that AAP has given an affidavit in the court stating that Chhath celebrations cause pollution in Yamuna and requested that permission should not be given for it.
Former Delhi BJP president and MP Manoj Tiwari said Chhath is a festival of nature and those who say it pollutes the river are “fools”.
“Before the devotees observe the Chhath fast, their family members and relatives clean the water bodies where the festival is celebrated,” he said.
Tiwari said, “Probably the Aam Aadmi Party thinks that devotees cannot pour cow’s milk and Ganga water into Yamuna… but sewage and chemicals can be mixed in its water.”
Delhi BJP’s Purvanchal Morcha president Neeraj Tiwari alleged that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) mayor did not give any money to Chhath committees for their preparations despite announcing that they will provide financial assistance.
Aam Aadmi Party controls MCD.
Neeraj claimed, “The Mayor had announced that two committees in each ward would be given Rs 40,000 for Chhath preparations, but despite this not a single penny has been given to any Chhath committee.”
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