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Delhi: BJP's Tajinder Bagga gives crackers to kids in Hari Nagar, leaves party red-faced

India Today logo India Today 17-10-2017 Poulomi Saha

© India Today In what may have come as an embarrassment for the Bharatiya Janata Party , party's Delhi spokesperson Tajinder Bagga today posted videos on social media of his distributing firecrackers to slum kids in the national capital's Hari Nagar area.

Bagga had earlier publicised that he would be doing the same, despite the Supreme Court's recent order banning the sale of firecrackers till November 1 in order to gauge the impact of bursting of firecrackers on air pollution levels.

Speaking to India Today, Tajinder Bagga said that he was distributing firecrackers since the ban was only on sale. "I purchased these firecrackers from outside Delhi and I have distributed them. An IIT study says firecrackers contribute only 0.3 per cent to air pollution levels ", he said, trying to justify his move.

When questioned whether celebrating Diwali was only about bursting of firecrackers, Bagga argued that it appeared only Hindu festivals were being targeted.

Expressing concern over this argument, Congress leader Shobha Ozha said, "It's unfortunate that a communal colour is being given to an apex order while challenging it".

It remains to be seen how the BJP responds to Tajinder Bagga's open defiance of the Supreme Court order.

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