Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan
has sparked a row asking if children will be punished if they
burst crackers on Diwali during time of restrictions imposed
by the Supreme Court with DMK saying no remarks should be made
that would amount to "disrespecting" the top court.
Radhakrishnan has said not adults, but it is children
who burst fireworks in large numbers on Diwali.
"Not adults,over 90 percent of those bursting crackers
are children.. what are you going to do with them.. will you
impose the law on them," he said at Nagercoil recently.
He asked if the government would post a policeman at
every house, apparently to implement the apex court order.
Diwali was a "people's festival" even as Christmas was
due in another two months, he said, claiming these sort of
restrictions could be in place then too.
Reacting to Radhakrishnan's statement, DMK
spokesperson Constantine Ravindran said children who burst
crackers do so under the supervision of parents, indicating
that the onus was on the parents to adhere to the court order.
"What the Central Minister Radhakrishnan is saying,
those whom he refers to as chidren, they don't do it (bursting
crackers) themselves.. they do it under the supervision of the
parents," he said.
"That being the case, the Supreme Court has given a
verdict for a good thing (to address pollution). We should
follow it to the maximum extent possible. That is the reality.
The apex court's verdict is for parents," he told PTI.
He also said no remarks should be made against
the court that would amount to "disrespecting" it.
Meanwhile, welcoming the apex court order,
environmentalist Nityanand Jayaraman it was a 'good' one.
"We should voluntarily shun firecrackers," he said
when asked about Radhakrishnan's remarks.
Last month, Radhakrishnan triggered a row over his
comments on the #MeToo movement, saying it was started by
"people with perverted minds."
The Supreme Court had on October 23 permitted the
sale and manufacture of low emission "green" firecrackers
across the nation and fixed a two-hour time period from 8 pm
to 10 pm for bursting them on Diwali and other festivals.
The Tamil Nadu government later moved the court urging
it to allow firecrackers to be burst on Diwali morning in
accordance with religious practices in the state, besides the
already permitted 8 pm to 10 pm period.
Following this, the court had modified its order for
Tamil Nadu, allowing it to decide on the time slot for burning
Accordingly, the state government Friday fixed the
slot for bursting crackers between 6 am to 7 am and 7 pm and 8
pm, confining the revelry to two hours in line with the apex
Diwali falls on November 6 in the state.
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