Kolkata: In the backdrop of allegations
by the Trinamool Congress and Congress about political
violence in the state, West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan
on Tuesday expressed apprehension that it could mar the pujas and
called for a halt to it.
"I cannot but remark that this unique festive season
in our state is in danger of being marred by violence and the
wail of grieving families who have lost near and dear ones to
political clashes occurring in various corners of our state,"
the Governor said.
Noting that guns and bullets are `anathema to a nation
and people wedded to peace`, he said, "Recent violent
incidents have caused me and others like me a great deal of
"Such incidents not only besmirch our democracy and
sully democratic values, but bleach the colours and bleed the
joy of this glorious festival," he said in a strongly worded
Appealing to all political parties to eschew the
politics of violence, he said, "This is not only important so
that we can enjoy a joyous, peaceful and prosperous Durga
puja, but also to sustain democracy in the state."
Narayanan wished joy, peace and prosperity to all in
the festive season.