Chief minister Mamata Banerjee gave out a clarion call for peace and communal harmony as part of her Chhath Puja message to the people on Sunday.
“All religious events are celebrated and observed in complete peace and harmony in our state. We recently celebrated Durga Puja, Muharram and Kali Puja recently. Today, it is Chhath Puja and soon there will be Christmas. We all take part in each other’s festivals with equal fervour,” she said while attending the rituals at Doighat in the Kidderpore area.
Earlier, she went to Taktaghat in the Hastings area. In festival mood, Mamata refrained from bashing the Opposition, but, did not miss out the opportunity to highlight that the previous government had grossly neglected the ghats and the ruling party was taking every possible measure for their renovation and beautification.
The chief minister said she had directed her cabinet ministers and administrative officials to be present at all the ghats to ensure that people could offer pujas without any hassle. With the microphone in one hand and flanked by state urban development minister Firhad Hakim and housing minister Sovan Chatterjee, she appealed to the devotees, who had gathered there, to move slowly. “Kindly move slow. Rituals will be done smoothly if everyone moved slow. Don’t listen to anyone who asks you to haste unnecessarily,” she said.
She emphasized that previously Chhat Puja was a restricted holiday for the people, but this year it was a day off on Monday for all government officials.