Mamata government puts end to controversy on Durga idol immersion

“So if the people from BJP, RSS and VHP believe they can ruin our peace, I’d ask them to not play with fire”, she said.

The West Bengal chief minister responded, saying the Bharatiya Janata Party was intentionally spreading misinformation. “You be good and celebrate the Puja well”, Ms Banerjee said at the state secretariat, Nabanna.

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad had on Friday chose to move forward with its plans of weapon worship or “shastra pujan” at religious and private institutions on the day of Bijaya Dashami, refuting Banerjee’s instructions to city police to prevent such a ceremony. The announcement by the outfit came despite Ms Banerjee’s directive to the police to prevent any such programme.

On August 24, Banerjee had said idol immersions will not be allowed on October 1 since Durga Puja and Muharram will be on the same day.

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. Muharram, which is an occasion of mourning by the Muslim community, falls on the same date.

“There is no restriction on visarjan on Vijaya Dashami”. The immersion, however, will not be allowed on October 1 in view of Muharram but it will again be permitted on October 2.

The high court was hearing wanting the immersion be allowed till 1.36 am on October 1 in accordance with the Hindu almanac. “If Muharram and Durga puja were celebrated simultaneously in Mumbai, could Mumbai Police handle that?”

The chief minister also said the police had recently foiled an attempt by the BJP to spur communal problems at a place in the state and arrested two of its members.

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