Monday, 4 November 2013

BJP will declare public holiday on Chhath Puja : Goel

  • Goel writes to LG, Mayors on arrangements for Chhath Puja,
  • BJP will declare public holiday on Chhath Puja : Goel
  • Govt. must ensure safety at ghats, special transport facilities and safety of women : Goel
  • Goel urges party workers to participate and help as volunteers in Chhath Puja celebrations
Delhi BJP President Shri Vijay Goel has asked the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi to ensure proper arrangements for Chhath Puja in the city.  He also reiterated that the BJP will declare the Chhath Puja a public holiday when it comes to power in Delhi.

In a letter to the LG, he expressed concern that the Delhi government seems to be not actively making sufficient arrangements for the festival which witnesses participation of lakhs of people especially purvanchalis. He urged the party cadres to participate in large numbers in the festival and provide all the help that is required for smooth conduct of this festival.

Shri Goel said, “Delhi recently witnessed a tragic episode during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, when many lives were lost in Yamuna due to absence of proper safety measures. The government must ensure that a tragedy like Ganesh Chaturthi incident is not repeated as lakhs of devotees throng Yamuna ghats during the festival.”

“Safety at the ghats, deployment of sufficient number of police personnel, life saving guards, ambulances, transport facilities and traffic management and measures for safety of women should be adequately taken care of on priority by the government. Devotees, pilgrims and common people visiting the Chhath Puja ghats should not be left in the lurch,” Shri Goel said.

Shri Goel further said, “The BJP will deploy large number of party workers as volunteers at all the Chhath Puja ghats along Yamuna, canals and other water bodies in all the districts of Delhi.”

The matter relating to arrangements for Chhath Puja was discussed at a high level meeting of the state office bearers of Delhi BJP. The party leaders felt that due to lackadaisical approach of the Congress government, devotees and common people face lots of problems during such big festivals.

In his letter to the Lieutenant Governor Sh. Goel said that special arrangements should be made to ensure safety of women at the Chhath Puja ghats and along the roads leading to the worship sites. He also said that the administration should take measures for crowd management at the Chhath Puja ghats.

Shri Goel has also directed the Mayors of the three BJP-ruled municipal corporations urging them to make take appropriate measures to ensure that Chhath Puja is celebrated with traditional fervour by the people of Delhi. He asked them to take all measures to provide all the possible facilities to the devotees and common people celebrating Chhath Puja in parks, make-shift ponds and other water bodies in areas under the three municipal corporations. The areas under jurisdiction of the MCDs should be cleaned and sanitized, with proper lime powder markings, he said.

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