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Politics over Chhath puja intensifies in Delhi

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As devotees were seen taking their holy dip on the polluted and frothy Yamuna River in Delhi, the politics over Chhath Puja celebrations intensified in Delhi with both the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) engaging themselves in a war of words over pollution and puja restrictions in the National Capital.

The BJP has blamed the Arvind Kejriwal led AAP government in the national capital for putting in Covid restrictions and banning Chhath devotees to come and offer their prayers across the Yamuna riverbank. The BJP has also blamed the AAP government for the increase in the pollution levels in the Yamuna which has turned a large part of the river’s water into poisonous froth floating on the water surface in the river, making it unfit for human activities.

However, despite the increasing pollution levels in Yamuna, devotees were seen taking the holy dip on Monday and Tuesday as per traditions and customs to begin their fast of 36 hours before they offer their prayers to the Sun God on the evening of 10 November and the morning of 11 November.

Northeast Delhi MP and BJP’s Purvanchali face in Delhi, Manoj Tiwari who had taken a boat ride along the Kalindi Kunj stretch of the Yamuna on Monday has hit out at the AAP government, saying that the AAP government has put in restrictions on Chhath Puja celebrations on the Yamuna riverbank to hide the AAP’s failure to clean the Yamuna.

Tiwari’s boat ride was live telecasted on his social media page, which highlighted how toxic foams were seen floating across the river in the Kalindi Kunj area. “The Arvind Kejriwal government has failed the people of Delhi. We have now come to know why this Kejriwal government has restricted Chhath Puja in the ghats here on the Yamuna. It is to hide his failure as the CM who failed to clean the river, it was to hide these visuals of the polluted river from the media and the people. Arvind Kejriwal has been exposed today. His government has done nothing for the last seven years.” Manoj Tiwari said.

West Delhi BJP MP Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma defied the Delhi government’s ban of Chhath puja celebrations on the ghats and riverbank of the Yamuna and led a delegation of Purvanchalis to one of the ghats on Yamuna to offer prayers.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has put in restrictions to celebrate Chhath puja on the banks of river Yamuna citing Covid-19 concerns. “If Chhath puja is not celebrated on the ghats, where will it be celebrated? It is the duty of the government to ensure ghats are cleaned, but Kejriwal only wants to hide his incompetence.” Verma said.

The AAP has also hit out at the BJP and has blamed the BJP for playing politics over festivals and people’s emotions. AAP’s Purvanchal unit chief and MLA Sanjeev Jha said that the BJP has been playing “dirty politics” to score their brownie points. “The AAP government has not put any restrictions on the Chhath Puja, it is the DDMA who has put the restrictions. The DDMA is headed by the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, and he is controlled by the BJP, so therefore everyone knows who is playing politics. On the other hand, the AAP government has created 800 ghats for Chhath Puja across Delhi along with providing them with every facility. The BJP is doing politics because MCD elections are due to be held next year and they want to win the sympathy of the Purvanchali voters.” Sanjeev Jha told The Daily Guardian. Raghav Chadha, Vice Chairman of Delhi Jal Board has also hit out at the BJP, saying that the foam on river Yamuna is a “gift to Delhi” by the BJP ruled Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. He said, “The foam which we see on the Yamuna is near the Okhla barrage area, which comes under the UP irrigation department and it is the responsibility of the UP government to clean it, but like every year they failed this year too.”

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Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said there is “no confirmation of any terror angle” on a mysterious boat loaded with weapons.

“There is no confirmation of any terror angle. The boat has just drifted here. We are not ruling out anything, investigating all aspects. Police have been asked to be on high alert,” Fadnavis said.

A suspicious boat with three AK-47 rifles, bullets, and other weapons has been found near Harihareshwar beach in Raigad.

“Some details cannot be revealed as it may spread an atmosphere of fear. No possibilities of any consequences would be taken lightly,” Fadnavis said.

Ahead of the Dahi Handi festival in the state Deputy CM has instructed police and administration to be prepared.

“The boat belongs to an Australian citizen. The boat’s engine broke out in the sea, people were rescued by a Korean boat. It has now reached Harihareshwar beach. Keeping in mind the coming festive season, police and administration have been instructed to be prepared,” Fadnavis said.

Moreover, the presence of the boat raised alarm bells as on 26 November 2008 terrorists attacked the city and entered by sea route.

“ATS is also working on it. The additional force will also be deployed if necessary. All the precautions needed to be taken as per the norms of abundant caution,” Fadnavis said.

However, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) was rushed to the spot and more details are awaited.

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Manish Agrawal, the Superintendent of Police (SP) for Jaipur Rural, reported that the deceased was identified as Anita. On August 10, when she demanded that her relatives pay back the money they had borrowed from her, the private school teacher in her hamlet in the Raisar Police Station area, around 80 kilometres from the state capital Jaipur, was set on fire.

“The accused poured inflammable material on the woman and set her ablaze in her village on August 10,” Additional SP Dharmendra Yadav said.

Anita was initially transferred to the government hospital in Jamrao Ramgarh, where she was treated before being sent on to Jaipur, where she passed away seven days later. According to her relatives, the police were working along with the accused and neglected to intervene when it was needed, which caused her death.

Police, however, said that as soon as they learned about the event, they rushed to the scene and admitted Anita to the hospital.

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Suspicious boat loaded with weapons including AK-47 found near Harihareshwar beach

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A suspicious boat with three AK-47 rifles, bullets, and other weapons has been found near Harihareshwar beach in Raigad.

Meanwhile, the police said the boat had come to the Raigad coast while floating. Officials said the weapons were found in the boat but no person was present in the boat. Security has been tightened in the surrounding areas and police are on high alert.

Raigad MLA Aditi Tatkare said that she has requested the Chief Minister of Maharashtra to conduct a special inquiry into the incident. Tatkare also said that the incident is a major security threat.

“The Local Police are probing the matter and I have demanded the Chief Minister and Deputy CM to urgently appoint a special team of ATS or State Agency to look into the matter,” Takare said.

Moreover, the presence of the boat raised alarm bells as on 26 November 2008 terrorists attacked the city and entered by sea route.

“The Coast guard and Maharashtra Maritime Board have been informed and investigations are underway,” police said.

However, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) was rushed to the spot and more details are awaited.

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He was stated to be reacting well, showing a modest improvement in his health, and showing some signs of being able to move his bodily parts.

On August 10, the 58-year-old well-known comedian underwent a cardiac arrest and was subsequently admitted to the AIIMS in Delhi.

According to reports, he was complaining of chest problems while running on the treadmill. On the same day, he had also had an anangioplast.

On Friday, Raju Srivastava’s family released a statement claiming that he is in stable condition and pleading with his followers to disregard rumours and false information concerning his health.

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A sadhu in Bhakhrawali village of Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh was found murdered in his house on Wednesday.

On the morning of 17 August, the villagers spotted the body of the sadhu outside his hut.

The deceased sadhu has been identified as Chetan Das and police found injury marks on it.

Meanwhile, the reason behind the murder is yet to be ascertained. Moreover, the police are investigating the matter.

“Some unknown people had attacked the saint. As per the villagers, he hailed from Punjab and they used to serve him food at his hut,” said the police mentioning that he seemed to have had good relations with everyone in the village.

According to the Sangaria Police, the sadhu had been living in the village for the last 25 years. Earlier on Wednesday, the body of the sadhu was found lying in the pool of blood.

“Mourning the death of the saint Chetan Das, the villagers have demanded the arrest of the persons involved in his killing. His body has been sent to a mortuary of Sangaria Hospital,” the police said.

Moreover, after receiving information about the incident Deputy Superintendent of Sangarai Police Prateek Mile reached the spot.

However, a probe has been investigated and sadhu’s nephew Ravi Shankar Sharma has lodged a case in the police station.

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Manish Sisodia, the deputy chief minister of Delhi, stated on Thursday that he has written to Union home minister Amit Shah requesting clarification of the Center’s position over the relocation of Rohingya Muslims to EWS flats in the capital.

SiSodia sought clarification on who decided the resettlement of Rohingyas if it wasn’t either the central or the Delhi government. “We didn’t decide to Centre also says it didn’t. Then, who took the decision?” Sisodia said while addressing a press conference.

He further demanded Shah conduct an investigation. He added, “Shah should launch an investigation to find out whose orders it was to move Muslim Rohingya refugees into flats.”

He added that neither Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, nor Sisodia, who himself is the home minister , were aware of the plan, which was first tweeted by the Union’s housing minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, and later rejected by the Centre.

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“When I asked for details of the meeting, I saw that it was mentioned in the files that for the approval by the Central Govt, it was being directly sent through the chief secretary to the LG. It was completely hidden from the elected government of Delhi. why this conspiracy?” he added.

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