New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party MP Manoj Tiwari on Monday (November 8) rode a boat in toxic foam-covered Yamuna in the national capital.
The capital's water supply has also remained affected since Saturday evening due to a rise in ammonia levels in the Yamuna.
Devotees took a dip in the Yamuna river that had a thick layer of toxic foam near Kalindi Kunj on Monday's first day of Chhath Puja. The people expressed their disappointment with the quality of water in the river.
Speaking to ANI in this matter, Tiwari said, "You can see that we are riding on the foam. The DDMA has allowed Chhath Puja on designated sites and not on Yamuna ghat."
"The Delhi government is not bothered about this development. Delhi government bans people from coming to ghats but makes false claims of cleaning it. The Supreme Court should take a suo -motu cognisance on this matter."
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Parvesh Verma on Monday reached Yamuna ghat near ITO in the national capital to celebrate Chhath Puja.
Earlier, Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has allowed the Chhath puja celebration at designated sites but not on Yamuna ghats.
Speaking to the media, Verma said, "Today puja has started, I am here to start Chhath puja so that all the Purvanchal brother-sister can celebrate the festival."
The BJP MP criticised Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and said he is not concerned about those who voted for him. Instead, he is focusing on the Punjab election.
"The chief minister was voted to power by people from Purvanchal and now he is not paying attention to them," he said.
This year, the festival will begin from November 8 with the 'Nahai Khai' ritual and conclude on November 11 with devotees performing 'Usha Arghya' (prayers to the rising sun). The main celebration is on November 10, when devotees will offer 'argha' to Sun God.