Delhi BJP Leader Tejinder Singh Bagga Distributes Firecrackers Among Children in Ashram
New Delhi, October 17: Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Tejinder Singh Bagga on Tuesday distributed firecrackers among children in an ashram in the city. Bagga, however, emphasised that he was not violating the Supreme Court’s order banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR this Diwali.
Noteworthy that Bagga had also, recently, distributed firecrackers to children living in slums in the Hari Nagar Assembly constituency.
Bagga also announced his plans to distribute more crackers among children in other parts of the city. “I will distribute crackers among children living in Subhash Nagar and Khajan Basti tomorrow. After all Diwali is a festival children wait for the entire year to burst crackers and enjoy,” he said.
Answering the question if his actions were against the spirit of the SC’s ban, Bagga denied it and said he was opposed to “selective ban”. In this regard he pointed at an IIT report which said firecrackers contributed only 0.3 per cent of total pollution.
Bagga stated how there are restrictions imposed on ‘Dahi Handi’ festival and people are expected to celebrate waterless Holi and cracker-less Diwali. He said there are also attempts to ban loudspeakers at Dandiya nights during Navratri. and termed this as a case of selective ban. He however added that the firecrackers were bought from outside Delhi.
PTI quoted Bagga saying, “We have an e-wallet account where we receive contributions for purchasing firecrackers. This time I got donations above Rs 1.5 lakh…,” attributing the overwhelming contributions to the “public anger” on the “selective ban”.
He also asked if those who filed public interest litigation (PIL) for a ban on firecrackers during Diwali would be doing so during New Year celebrations.
The Supreme Court said its ban order for Diwali this year was an experiment to examine its effect on the pollution level in the region.
In its October 9 order, the apex court had said its last month’s order, temporarily lifting the stay and permitting sale of firecrackers, would be made effective only from November 1, 12 days after the festival of lights.