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Politics simmers over Chhath Puja festival

Last Updated: Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 16:26

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Amidst the politics brewing over the festival of Chhath Puja, some miscreants have torn off the posters of Congress MP Sajay Nirupam in Kandiwali area of Maharashtra on Sunday.

Maharashtra is already infamous for the controversies between Shiv Sena and North Indians. And now, Sanjay Nirupam’s statement has added fuel to the fire in Mumbai.

According to reports, while addressing a rally, Sanjay Nirupam has said, “If North Indians decide to take rest for one day, then Mumbai will stop.”

Reacting to Nirupam’s statement, Shiv Sena president, Uddhav Thackeray said, “Whoever will talk about closing of Mumbai, his teeth will be broken.”

MNS chief, Raj Thackeray also expressed displeasure over Nirupam’s statement. He said, “I will burn crackers after Diwali. Just wait and watch.”

Meanwhile, Bihar’s Chief Minister has urged his Delhi counterpart, Sheila Dikshit to declare Chhath Puja as a gazetted holiday in Delhi. BJP-led MCD is also at loggerheads with Delhi government on the issue of Chhath.

Earlier, MCD had announced Chhath Puja as a holiday on November 01 which was rejected by Sheila Dikshit.

According to the reports, Delhi’s Health minister AK Walia is expected to meet Chief Minister to solve the issue on Sunday.

First Published: Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 15:02

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