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‘Proud of You’: BJP Leader Lauds Delhiites for Defying SC’s ‘Dictatorial’ Ban on Firecrackers

Senior BJP leader Kapil Mishra hails burning of crackers in several Delhi localities despite toxic air quality, calling Supreme Court’s ban ‘unscientific and illogical’.

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI — Senior BJP leader Kapil Mishra has hailed the burning of firecrackers in the national capital Delhi despite the Supreme Court ban and the toxic air quality.

Mishra on the X platform wrote, “Proud of You Delhi…These are voices of resistance, voices of freedom and democracy”.

Calling the Supreme Court’s ban on firecrackers, ‘unscientific and illogical’, Mishra praised Delhi residents for ‘bravely’ defying the ‘dictatorial ban’.

Notably, Delhi recorded a spike in pollution levels, and a smoky haze returned on Monday morning after residents flouted the ban on firecrackers on Diwali night.

The latest posts shared on social media sites and reports have shown that a large number of people at different places have taken part in the burning of firecrackers. Sunday night’s visuals from Lodhi Road, R.K. Puram, Karol Bagh, and Punjabi Bagh showed intense fireworks lighting up the night sky across several areas in the national capital.

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai accused the BJP of the rise in pollution level in the city today. “Not a single BJP minister appealed to light diyas (lamps) only. Instead, they incited people to burn crackers. It is saddening that a responsible party like BJP promoted burning of crackers due to which city residents are suffering today,” Rai was quoted by the ANI news agency as saying.

At 7 am, the AQI stood at 275 (poor category). Pollution levels even entered the very poor category in some areas, including Shadipur (315), Ayanagar (311), Lodhi Road (308), Pusa (355), and Jahangirpuri (333).

Before Diwali, the Supreme Court of India ordered a ban on firecrackers containing barium, but the concern over crackers was mainly in Delhi which is reeling from the worst level of air pollution.

Environmentalist Bhavreen Kandhari said that the bursting of firecrackers was reported at her residential area Defence Colony too. She said that complaints were also registered at the Defence Colony police station, but no change was noticed.

“The Supreme Court’s firm stance on firecrackers got blown in the smoke of the firecrackers. Despite warnings and a complete ban…implementing authorities have failed yet again. Wondering what stance will the Supreme Court take now? …We are allowing our children to choke in the name of celebration,” she was quoted by Press Trust of India as saying.

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