BJP MP Parvesh Verma on Monday performed rituals and launched preparations for Chhath Puja at the Yamuna Ghat near the ITO in New Delhi despite a ban by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority to perform it on the river’s banks.
The West Delhi parliamentarian, accompanied by BJP workers and members of the ‘purvanchali’ community, attended a ‘puja’ and began preparations for the festival that started on Monday.
People belonging to some parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are referred to as ‘purvanchalis’.
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) in its order on October 29 allowed Chhath celebrations at “designated sites” barring the banks of the Yamuna.
It has directed administrative and police officials to ensure strict compliance of all its Covid-related orders. Verma had on Sunday asserted to defy the ban on Chhath at Yamuna’s banks and challenged Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to stop him.