On Friday, with police conducting patrols, no further incidents of violence were reported from Asansol, which has a large Hindi-speaking population of mostly migrants from Bihar and UP who have settled here for generations.
Although both Ram and Krishna are worshipped as incarnations of Vishnu, Lord Krishna was/is more popular in Bengal than Lord Rama, courtesy the role played by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his followers since the 16th CE
Reacting to violence reported in Ram Navami rallies yesterday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee directed the director general of police (DGP) to instruct all the superintendents of police (SPs) to take strong action against those who carried arms in the rallies
State BJP president Dilip Ghosh was seen participating in one such rally with a sword and a mace in Kharagpur of West Midnapore district. Ghosh said it was an age-old Hindu tradition to conduct "astra puja" (worship of weapons) on the day of Ram Navami
While the Trinamool leaders termed their Ram Navami celebrations a symbol of harmony among the people, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) termed the ruling party's participation as a "victory of the Hindus".