Chhath Puja has been declared a public holiday in Delhi.
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung issued a notification to this effect on Tuesday.
The announcement has come as boost for the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Delhi unit that is trying to woo the 40-lakh strong Purvanchali community in the national Capital.
The BJP had been demanding for a long time that Chhath should be declared a public holiday. The party had included the demand in its list of promises in its manifesto for the Delhi assembly elections in 2013.
HT had reported on October 28 that the government would issue a notification, declaring Chhath, to be celebrated on Wednesday as a public holiday.
“After Bihar, Delhi is probably the only other state where Chhath puja has been declared a public holiday. We have asked the chief secretary to ensure disaster management squads are deployed at various ghats for the security of the devotees who would reach there to peform the puja rituals,” said Satish Upadhyay, Delhi BJP chief.
“Announcement of holiday on Chhath Puja is the fulfilment of one of commitments to the people of Delhi. It was also a part of our election manifesto for the people of Puravanchalis living in the national Capital,” said Upadhyay.
As per the notification issued on Wednesday, all offices of Delhi government, schools and offices of the three corporations will remain closed on Wednesday.
Upadhyay said about 5,000 party workers of the Poorvanchal Cell and other senior members would work round-the-clock to ensure devotees were provided all facilities on various ghats.