No Durga Pooja During Muharram, Mamta Banerjee

Delhi: Here is again the immersion of Goddess Durga idols and and Muharram is going to collide. The Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee addressed the a large meeting of Durga Puja organisers, leaders of the Muslim community and other religions on Wednesday in Kolkata.

While addressing, she said that Durga idol immersions, set for September 30 after the four-day Puja festival ends, would be allowed only till 6 pm on that day and would resume on October 2, after Muharram.

“Some people will try to create trouble on Hindu-Muslim grounds. Every religion is ours. But if there is a problem while a procession is passing a puja pandal, we will all be affected,” Ms Banerjee said, urging against politics.

After this announcement, high drama has started. The Social media filled up by the virulent reaction on CM. The BJP’s Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh said on Facebook, “Is West Bengal gradually heading towards Talibani rule? Saraswati Pujas being stopped at schools, Durga puja immersion being repeatedly barred, the attempt to introduce Urdu-Arabic words in Bengali language (abba, amma, aasmani) …all this is proof of that. After this we will have to start calling ‘didimoni’ (Mamata Banerjee) by the (Urdu) term (for sister), ‘apa’. How long will the people of Bengal tolerate all this?”


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