So the BJP city unit announced that it will deploy almost 1.5 lakh workers to collaborate with municipal corporations in preparing Chhath ghats across the city, a day after the AAP government announced sprucing up of the sites for the festival.
Chhath has always been a political issue in Delhi given the large population of Poorvanchalis in the national capital.
In an apparent move to compete with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Manoj Tiwari, the Delhi chief of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), along with party leaders participated in a cleanliness drive at a ghat in Sonia Vihar on Sunday afternoon. More than two dozen assembly constituencies in Delhi have Poorvanchali population of up to 47 per cent.
Office bearers of the Chhath puja committees told Tiwari that no arrangements for the prayers were made in many parts of Delhi including Kirari, Mehrauli and south Delhi. They also alleged that only four days were left and temporary ghats in parks as announced by Kejriwal were yet to be constructed. The sentiment of lakhs of Poorvanchalis is associated with Chhath festival.
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Rallies organized by the Coalition for Marriage, the lead campaigner against same-sex marriage, also were held across the country.
"We will arrange tents and other facilities for the convenience of the devotees".
565 ghats being set up along the Yamuna banksNew Delhi, October 20Ahead of the Chhath Puja, Delhi Development Minister Gopal Rai today took stock of the arrangements made for the festival and inspected Yamuna ghats in north Delhi. Opposition leader Vijender Gupta has accused that the Kejriwal government has cheated 50-60 lakh Puravanchalis as it has failed to fulfil its promise to make permanent Chhath ghats.
"I spoke with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and drew his attention towards the hardship likely to be faced by devotees on Chhat puja due to lack of water in the Yamuna", Tiwari said. "The Haryana CM has given assurance that the government will release additional water for the two days during the Chhath puja so that the water level can be maintained in the river", Tiwari said.
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