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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

court directive.

Diwali falls on November 6 in the state.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)



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