Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia urged the Centre to issue guidelines for the Chhath festival as soon as possible after consulting health experts.
In a letter to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, the Delhi Deputy Chief Minister said that Chhath is a historic festival celebrated in north India, including Delhi, with much devotion.
“Chhath Puja is celebrated sincerely by the Purvanchali community in Delhi. This year too, people are waiting eagerly to celebrate this festival with their families. However, as you know that Delhi, like all the other states, has been following all the Covid-19 guidelines,” Sisodia wrote in his letter.
He has requested the Centre to consult health experts and other stakeholders so that all the devotees can celebrate the festival safely on November 10.
Meanwhile, the celebration of Chhath in public places has been prohibited by the Delhi government in view of COVID-19, leading to protests by the BJP.
Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said the decision to prohibit Chhath celebration in public places was taken in view of health and safety of the people due to COVID-19.