ASSERTING THAT people belonging to multiple faiths and other states live peacefully in the state, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee — on the occasion of Chhath Puja on Thursday — said that the people of Bihar live with dignity in West Bengal. Speaking at a Chhath Puja event in Kidderpore, Mamata said: “All of us celebrate Chhath Puja here. Today, I wished (RJD chief) Lalu Prasad over the phone. If there is two-day holiday in Bihar for Chhath Puja, it is the same here as well. We do not discriminate while giving holidays and all festivals are celebrated here with equal enthusiasm.”
“Here, we do not discriminate between Bengalis and Biharis. Even Biharis here are more Bengali than me. We give them equal respect and their festivals are our festivals. Here. Biharis do not face any problem and live with dignity. This is our tradition and culture,” she added.
Mamata said that the state government had renovated ghats on the banks of Hooghly to help people perform Chhath Puja. “The ghats on the banks of Hooghly had no lights and proper roads. The overall condition was poor. After coming to power, we undertook renovation work to improve the condition. Now, people can perform Chhath Puja without a hassle,” the chief minister added.