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Swadeshi Jagran Manch slams Delhi govt ban on firecrackers during Diwali

Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) of the Sangh Parivar has opposed the Aam Aadmi Party government’s decision to all kinds of firecrackers in on Diwali calling the ban "inappropriate and unscientific." The Swadeshi Jagran Manch said that the move could cause millions of workers to lose their jobs and others engaged in the production and distribution of crackers in the country.

Interestingly, when Arvind Kejriwal was taking the first tentative steps of turning from a ration card activist to a mainstream politician, he used to exploit the platform of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch to the hilt.

The Swadeshi Jagran Manch said that the AAP government’s complete on firecrackers was aimed at misguiding people and diverting their attention from the real cause of air pollution in Delhi. It said government agencies had failed to solve the problem of stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana, and other parts of the country even though it is the "biggest source" of air pollution in the national capital and the surrounding northern states. The statement did not name any party or political leader.

The Swadeshi Jagran Manch statement said, "The SJM strongly opposes the complete on firecrackers by the Delhi government during the festival of Diwali as it is inappropriate."

The activist group established by former trade unionist, the late Dattopant Thengadi, also urged the state governments to look for a permanent solution to the problem of stubble burning and repeal the restrictions on firecrackers during Diwali.

The burning of firecrackers "illegally" imported from causes air pollution due to mixing of potassium nitrate and sulphur in them, not the green firecrackers manufactured in the country, the Swadeshi Jagran Manch said.

"Potassium nitrate and sulphur are not mixed in green firecrackers made in India today. Other pollutants such as aluminium, lithium, arsenic and mercury etc., have also been reduced to the minimum," the Swadeshi Jagran Manch said.

The Swadeshi Jagran Manch said that the green firecrackers caused 30% less pollution. The "last minute" decision of the Delhi Government and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to even the green firecrackers is "highly deplorable", the Swadeshi Jagran Manch said.

Since the Narendra Modi government has imposed "an effective " on the Chinese firecrackers, it is completely "unfair" to impose a blanket ban on all types of firecrackers in Delhi during the festival of Diwali, the Swadeshi Jagran Manch said.

The on all kinds of firecrackers is not just "arbitrary, anti-people and bereft of any scientific basis, but also hurting the sentiments of the people on the occasion of Diwali", the Swadeshi Jagran Manch said.

"The Swadeshi Jagran Manch also urges the Delhi Police to come clear on whether they will follow the arbitrary orders of the Delhi government of arresting people in Delhi if found in possession of or bursting firecrackers," the activist group said.

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