Kanwar Yatra 2021:
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said on Sunday that the state government has already banned the Kanwar Yatra and it will continue for the time being, but if needed in the interest of the people of the state, the government will also talk to the Chief Ministers of neighboring states and will take a final decision in this regard. Chief Minister Dhami made it clear that saving the lives of people is the top priority of the state government.
Talking to reporters at the Uttarakhand Sadan in the capital Delhi, the Chief Minister said, “The state government has already canceled it. It is purely a matter of faith, but even people's lives cannot be put in danger. Saving people's lives is our priority. If even one person dies from Covid due to Kanwar Yatra, then even God will not like it.
He said that as far as Kanwar Yatra is concerned, Uttarakhand is the host state and a large number of devotees come from neighboring states. Dhami said, “If needed, we will take a final decision in this regard only after talks with Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, and Himachal Pradesh, because, most of the devotees come from these states.”
Responding to a question related to the announcement by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that up to 300 units of free electricity would be provided in Uttarakhand if voted to power, the Chief Minister said, "good electricity" is being provided in the state, we give electricity 24 hours a day." Hitting out at the AAP, Dhami said that the agenda of some people may be to win elections, but the agenda of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a development of the state.