Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on 17 October announced that he will burst firecrackers on Diwali because traditions are as important as the environment.
Speaking to media here, Chouhan said, "Crackers alone don't contribute to pollution. We will light earthen lamps and also burst a few crackers. Environment is important but so are traditions. We will celebrate Diwali traditionally".
The Supreme Court had on October 9 imposed a blanket ban on sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR in the run-up of Diwali to check the alarming pollution level.
A three-judge bench of the apex court had restored its November 2016 order, banning sale of crackers in NCR and suspended its September 2017 order - which allowed limited sale but banned imports from other states.