Mamata Banerjee warns RSS, VHP against disturbing peace during Durga Puja, tells them ‘not to play with fire’

Last month, the West Bengal government had triggered a controversy after Mamata Banerjee told that the immersion of Durga idols would not be allowed after 6 PM on September 30 and on October 1 on account of Muharram.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 16, 2017 7:56 pm
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday warned the RSS and its affiliate organisations such as Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad against disturbing peace during Durga Puja, asking them not to “play with fire”. Her comments came a day after the VHP decided to go ahead with its plan of a “shastra pujan (weapon worship)” at private and religious institutions during Bijoya Dashami (Vijaya Dashami) across the state, despite CM Banerjee’s instruction to police to thwart any such event.

Insisting that her government did not put any curb on celebration of Vijaya Dashami rituals, Banerjee said, “There is misinformation campaign by certain outfits that we are stopping Vijaya Dashami celebrations at puja pandals and households.”

“What we had said is on the day of ekadashi on October one there will be no immersions. Muharram, which is an occasion of mourning by the Muslim community, falls on the same date. Immersion will resume as usual from October two to four,” she told reporters at the state secretariat.

Earlier this month, CM Banerjee had directed the police to prevent any attempt for conducting such a ceremony on Bijoya Dashami.

Last month, the West Bengal government had triggered a controversy after Banerjee told that the immersion of Durga idols would not be allowed after 6 PM on September 30 and on October 1 on account of Muharram. The BJP had reacted strongly to this move, accusing the chief minister of indulging in appeasement politics.

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On Friday, the state government clarified its position and told the Calcutta High Court that immersion will be allowed till 10 pm on September 30. The immersion, however, will not be allowed on October 1 in view of Muharram but it will again be permitted on October 2.

With PTI inputs

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    Malkit Singh
    Sep 20, 2017 at 8:58 pm
    Please do not defame Benglaees as they are brave revolutionary and played heroic role for fighting against the British rule RSS/BJP are no match against this wise community. BJP/RS is working like snakes and there is always of fear of war of words between two communities. BJP/RRS in fact are feeling jealous as they have no political base in Bengal. As for as Bangladeshi people are concerned BJP is ruling at the centre and they should amend the law that can stop the refugees from Bangladesh to India. BJP/RSS are also exploiting the situation of Bangladeshi and inciting Hindu communities against them. We require law and order so that people of the communities must leave in peace and illegal Bangladeshies must be forced to be out of India as they are found involved in terrorists activities. There is nothing wrong if both the communities are celebrating their holy festival on different days. Mamat Banner has preferred to maintain law and order in her state and her aim is not bad.
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      Anand Drivedi
      Sep 20, 2017 at 8:57 pm
      RSS and VHP are the goonda arms of the BJP
      1. B
        Sep 18, 2017 at 3:26 pm
        Why not give away Waste Bengal to Bangladesh? All our problems of Communists, sloth populace, anti Hindu seculars, anti Indians would be solved forever. Waste Bengal is hardly a place where anyone would want to migrate to work. All industries have gone, poverty galore, Kolkata is a dead city infested with immigrants - in short a place where no one wants to go for tourism either. So once again Waste Bengal for Bangladesh.
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          R K
          Sep 18, 2017 at 10:31 am
          u liars....where is the mention of Kolkata High Court's criticism of Mamata govt. praising the Maharashtra govt at the same time mentioning that if Maharashtra govt can arrange both the festivals amicably then why cant she...also the HC asked how many people have sought permission for carrying out tajia procession, the mamata govt informed that permission was sought for only two tajia momota shut down all the pooja immersion and disrespected the hindus and their religion in order to carry out two tajia processions in the whole state...shame on her...the HC has given her a sound thrashing which this KATHMULLA EXPRESS WILL NOT REPORT....
          1. N
            Sep 18, 2017 at 10:15 am
            Muslims are dangerous to India and mamata is more dangerous than muslims
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