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RSS doesn’t fully agree to cracker ban in Delhi

IANS | Bhopal |

The RSS does not fully agree with the Supreme Court ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi and National Capital Region this Diwali, a senior leader said on Saturday.

“Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh feels that bad effects of bursting firecrackers should be pointed out; but all firecrackers don’t spread pollution. Diwali is a festival of hapiness. Only the fireworks that harm the environment and spread pollution shoul dbe banned,” RSS Sarkaryavah Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi told the media at the end of a three-day RSS meeting here.

There should be a balanced view on the issue, he added.

“We have been celebrating this festival of happiness for many years. We even light earthern lamps — tomorrow someone may have a problem with this as well. So, we need to ponder over this issue,” the RSS leader added.

The top court had by its November 11, 2016 order banned the sale and stocking of firecrackers, lifted the ban was lifted on September 12 this year, but, on a plea for the recall of the September 12 lifting order, the top court restored the ban till October 31, saying the September 12 order would come into operation from November 1.

The top court by its October 9 order had said that the impact of the ban on the sale of firecrackers on the air pollution in Delhi on Diwali should be tested at least once.