Arvind Kejriwal urges Delhiites to avoid bursting crackers on Diwali

As the COVID-19 situation is worsening in the National Capital due to rising air pollution, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday urged the people of Delhi to avoid bursting firecrackers this Diwali.

Addressing an online press briefing, Kejriwal said he along with his cabinet ministers will perform ‘Lakshmi Puja’ at 7.39 pm on November 14 and urged the people to join them from their homes by watching it on TV.

Kejriwal said, “if we burst crackers, we are playing with the lives of our families.”

“Please don’t burst crackers this time. On November 14, 7.39 pm onwards, all 2 crores Delhi citizens will perform Laxmi Puja together. I along with the ministers will begin ‘Laxmi Puja’ which will be telecast live on TV,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

“I believe performing puja will create a positive atmosphere in Delhi and it will be good for people,” he added.

Kejriwal said that at present, Delhi has been facing two issues – the COVID-19 pandemic and the rising air pollution.

He said that the AAP government is making all efforts to deal with the situation.