Don’t play with fire, Mamata warns BJP over disturbing peace during Durga Puja

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday warned the Bharatiya Janata Party and its affiliate organisations such as RSS, Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad over playing dirty politics during Durga Puja, asking them “not to play with fire”.

“The Muslim Population of West Bengal is 30 percent. Some people are trying to play dirty politics over Durga Puja. 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.

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In addition to it, Banerjee reiterated her decision to halt idol immersion on the day of Muharram.

CM Mamata said, “One thing should be clear- there shouldn’t be any immersion during Muharram. I even tweeted about it after the meeting with the Puja committees.”

Her comments came on the backdrop of VHP’s decision to go ahead with its plan of a “shastra pujan” at private and religious institutions during Bijoya Dashami across the state.

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Last month, the West Bengal government issued an order, which said that the immersion of Durga idols would not be allowed after 6 pm on September 30 and on October 1, on the account of Muharram. The time was later extended to 10 pm.

This triggered a controversy among the members of BJP, who accused Banerjee of doing vote bank politics, sidelining the high court’s order.


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