MCD pushes for Chhath to be a holiday

CM had declined the request so they have now approached Lt Governor

Deciding not to deal with the Delhi government over the matter of declaration of Chhath as a holiday, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will take the matter to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna. Municipal Commissioner KS Mehra has sent the file pertaining to the issue to Khanna for arbitration.

It may be recalled that the BJP-ruled MCD had been taking steps to woo poorvanchalis residing in a large number in Delhi, but the matter has taken a political turn now. A senior MCD official told MiD DAY that the file for consent had been sent by the Municipal Commissioner to the L-G on Monday afternoon. "The MCD has no power to announce a holiday in this manner. The file is now with the L-G and he will decide," the official said.
According to sources, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had not recommended granting of a leave for Chhath and the L-G has also rejected the request.

Political ploy?
Earlier in the special House meeting called by the MCD to discuss the matter, former Delhi mayor Farhad Suri alleged BJP was misguiding the House by citing Section 42 of the DM Act. "No provision or Section of the DM Act allows MCD to declare a holiday in this manner. The Section has nothing to do with the holiday announcement," Suri said. He further said though the Congress is not against the move, it would not allow BJP to get political mileage out of it. Delhi BJP Chief and councillor from Rohini, Vijender Gupta, said the ruckus created by the Congress in the House had proved the party was anti-Poorvanchali. "It is a matter of respect and self-esteem of 40 lakh people living in the Capital, a matter of their faith and belief," said Gupta.

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