Ban on Hookah Bars in Delhi – AAP wakes up from slumber; only to take credit!

People can clearly see that AAP leadership has encouraged Hookah bars in Delhi with their silence in last two and a half years.

Yesterday, a tweet by Health Minister of Delhi govt. Satyendra Jain caught my attention. Sharing it here –

12 I want to bring it to people’s notice that this tweet comes on October 31st while Health Ministry Government of India had already issues an order banning Hookah smoking on May 23, 2016.

After that order, I met LG Delhi to get this order of the GOI implemented in Delhi and on his orders, department of State Tobacco Control issued an order on July 21, 2017 banning Hookah bars in Delhi. Along with this new order issued at instance of LG, we  handed over copies of this order to the SHOs of Delhi to get this order implemented and get Hookah Bars closed in the National Capital.

13
For last 4 months, I have approached NGT to get Hookah bars closed in Delhi and pursued case there. I called ‘Attention Motion’ on this issue three times in Delhi Vidhan Sabha but Speaker denied permission on the issue.
But thanks to the support of dignitaries including Union Health Minister Mr. Harshvardhan, Mr. KTS Tulsi, General JJ Singh, Mr. Manjit Singh GK President DSGMC, Mr. Manoj Tiwari, Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma, Mr. Vijayendra Gupta and general public, the Hookah Bars in Delhi are banned totally.

WhatsApp Image 2017-10-26 at 12.12.37 PM

But now… the AAP government has woken up from deep slumber only to claim that it has banned Hookah Bars. I ask Health Minister Mr. Satyendra Jain on which order he had issued and when to ban these Hookah Bars ?

WhatsApp Image 2017-11-01 at 5.36.12 PM
BJP MP Mr. Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma addressed a Press conference to clarify that AAP government Delhi has played no role in ban imposed on Hookah Bars in Delhi

People can clearly see that AAP leadership has encouraged Hookah bars in Delhi with their silence in last two and a half years. It is high time Mr Arvind Kejriwal stop wasting time and resources in dramebaazi… they have a full list of promises remaining unfulfilled. Public would never forgive their carelessness!

15

Why this exhibition on ‘Ban on Hookah Bars in Delhi’

I have dedicated this exhibition to the young man Gurpreet Singh who lost his life after a murderous attack on him when he had resisted smoking on public places.

It was a rainy day in Delhi; even the weather failed to dampen the spirit of hundred of people who came to Connaught Place today morning to see the exhibition and support ban on Hookah Bars in national capital.

WhatsApp Image 2017-09-22 at 12.16.25 PM

I have dedicated this exhibition to the young man Gurpreet Singh who lost his life after a murderous attack on him when he had resisted smoking on public places. I thank S. Manjit Singh GK for gracing the exhibition with his presence.

My motivation behind organizing this exhibition and raising my voice against Hookah bars is simple – these bars are a curse on  our society and are making the youth crime-prone leading them further towards drug addiction!

While interacting with the people, I was amazed that most of us do not even know that 1 session of Hookah smoking is equally dangerous as 100 cigarettes! No wonder, Hookah Bars are destroying the youth of national capital. I was forced to come out so loudly and emphatically against Hookah bars culture in Delhi because the Delhi government is in deep slumber and least bothered about the youth. This exhibition will spread the message of ill effects of smoking hookah and its main motive is to get enforced a complete ban on Hookah Bars in Delhi. Most worrisome aspect is that youngsters in the age group of 13-15 are worst hit by Hookah addiction and everyday more than a thousand people are falling in death trap because of tobacco or similar addiction.

WhatsApp Image 2017-09-22 at 4.49.33 PM

An initiative has been taken now and I plan to continue it. I am thankful to hundreds of people who gathered on the occasion to support the action of seeking ban on these bars in national capital.  Many states including Haryana, Punjab, Gujarat and Maharashtra have already imposed ban on Hookah bars in their states.

I am also thankful to opinion leaders like General JJ Singh, former chief of Indian Army, Sh. Manoj Tiwari, MP and President BJP Delhi, S. KTS Tulsi, Advocate and MP, Sh. Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma, MP, Sh. Mahesh Giri MP, Sh. Vikramjit Singh Sahney Padma Shri and Ms. Anjana Om Kashyap national icon journalist who have come forward to support the campaign against Hookah bars in Delhi.

WhatsApp Image 2017-09-20 at 9.39.33 PM.jpeg

On the occasion, Arjuna awardee and Common Wealth Silver medalist Mr. Mandeep Jhangra also announced to support the cause.

WhatsApp Image 2017-09-21 at 12.06.58 PM