BJP MP and famous Bhojpuri Star, Manoj Tiwari got hit by water cannon during a demonstration in front of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s house following which he was rushed to Safdarjung Hospital. Manoj Tiwari held the demonstration to oppose the Delhi Disaster Management Authority’s order to restrict Chhath Puja. In order to convince the authorities to take the decision back, Manoj had held a demonstration during the course of which he got injured. He was trying to breach the barricades put up by Delhi Police, to stop the protesters from reaching the residence of Chief Minister, to stop which the Police had to use water cannon which hit him.
He tweeted a video from the Safdarjung Hospital, where he can be seen lying on bed with bandaged head and collared neck, in which he could be heard saying," I have been hurt, but there's nothing to worry about. I am out of danger. I am being treated at Safdarjung- my CT scan is done- You all keep calm. Our demand for the celebration of Chhath puja will go on."
For the past few weeks, several demonstrations have been taking place in Delhi opposing the restrictions levied on Chhath Puja this year. It also includes holding Rath Yatra to gather support from the people of Purvanchal. Before leaving for the protest today, Manoj had posted a video of himself informing his visit to the demonstration going on in front of CM Kejriwal’s house and he also appealed to people to join him in large numbers.
Delhi Disaster Management Authority last week issued an order prohibiting the celebration of Chhath Puja at public places, including riverbanks, water bodies, temples and the like, in wake of the COVID-19 situation. Objecting the decision BJP tweeted,"This year everything is going as usual, even the alcohol shops have been open without any restrictions but Chhath Puja celebration which takes place in November, has been put a ban on 1.5 months prior." The party added, “This is shameful”.