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‘Proud Of Delhi…’ Diwali Celebrations Spark Controversy as Supreme Court’s Firecracker Ban Defied

Defying the Supreme Court’s order for a complete ban on firecrackers in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), residents celebrated Diwali on Sunday, leading to a thick layer of smog enveloping the city and causing a surge in pollution levels. The controversial move has ignited a clash of opinions between political figures, with BJP leader Kapil Mishra expressing pride in the defiance and Trinamool Congress MP Saket Gokhale accusing BJP MPs of violating the ban.

Kapil Mishra’s Perspective

Delhi BJP leader Kapil Mishra applauded the residents for their defiance, considering it “voices of resistance, voices of freedom and democracy.” Taking to social media, he expressed pride in Delhi for bravely defying what he deemed an “unscientific, illogical, dictatorial ban.”

Saket Gokhale’s Criticism

In contrast, Trinamool Congress MP Saket Gokhale raised concerns over the deteriorating air quality and accused BJP MPs and ministers of violating the ban within the capital. Gokhale’s posts on social media criticized the ruling party leaders for not adhering to the ban and contributing to the worsening air quality. He specifically targeted BJP MPs and ministers who were reportedly engaged in non-stop fireworks in his neighborhood.

Call for Accountability

Expressing his discontent, Gokhale wrote a letter to the Joint Connaught Place HQ of Delhi Police, demanding details on the number of cases registered for firecracker use and the corresponding actions taken. He urged the Delhi Police to take responsibility for the hazardous pollution levels and questioned why action had not been taken against BJP leaders openly defying Supreme Court orders.

Background and Environmental Impact

The Diwali celebrations occurred despite the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government imposing a complete ban on firecrackers to curb rising pollution. The Supreme Court had earlier directed the Delhi government to decide on the implementation of the ‘Odd-Even’ vehicle rationing scheme. The air quality index (AQI) in Delhi reached hazardous levels, with PM2.5 and PM10 pollutants touching 500 in various areas.

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