Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan has sparked a row asking if children will be punished if they burst crackers on Deepavali during time of restrictions imposed by the Supreme Court with the DMK saying no remarks should be made that would amount to “disrespecting” the apex court.
He asked if the government would post a policeman at every house, apparently to implement the apex court order.
Deepavali 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 children, 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 said.
He also said no remarks should be made against the court that would amount to “disrespecting” it.