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Protest against Chhath guidelines at River Subarnerekha

Jamshedpur: On the call given by Bhojpuri Navchetna Manch, several social organisations and political leaders on Tuesday launched protest ‘Satyagrah’ against Chhath guidelines issued by the State Government prohibiting the devotees from performing the festival at the water bodies in view of Covid-19.
Several political leaders including former MLA and State BJP spokesperson Kunal Sarangi stood in water at River Subarnarekha to protest against the directions of the government that bans performing rituals at the water bodies in view of Covid-19.
Holding placards, the activists raised slogans against the directives and demanded immediate approval to celebrate the festival river banks. “When the State Government can allow Durga Puja and Diwali there should not be any issue with Chhath. Devotees can perform rituals with precaution of social distancing,” said a protestor.
Appu Tiwary, president of Bhojpuri Navchetna Manch said that the state government was trying to appease a particular community. He said that if the government wants everyone to celebrate Chhath in their homes then it should also construct reservoirs outside their homes. He went on to add that attacks on Hindu faith will not be tolerated at any cost and the government will have to take back the guidelines.
He went on to add that when the Bihar Government can grant permission to perform Chhath at ponds then why not in Jharkhand. He also dared the administration to stop the devotees to perform rituals at river banks.
The famous festival based on the worship of sun God, Chhath will begin tomorrow with devotees performing ritual of nahay-khaye. The city is abuzz with activities as devotees are set to perform rituals to begin the fast required for the revered festival. It is perhaps the only time of the year that people, forgetting differences of caste, colour and creed, stand alongside and pay obeisance to the Sun.
Makeshift markets have come up in different localities of Jugsalai, Bisutpur, Sakchi to sell fruits and other commodities like baskets and `soonp’, used by Chhath devotees for paying obeisance to the Sun God.

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