Why are you creating communal distinction, Calcutta High Court asks Mamata Banerjee

Mamata government has told the court that it has allowed immersion of Durga idols on Vijaya Dashami day till 10 pm to ensure law and order. 

Why are you creating communal distinction, Calcutta High Court asks Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata: Calcutta High Court on Tuesday slammed the Mamata Banerjee government regarding Durga idol immersion issue, asking as to why she was creating communal distinction between two communities.

"When you (West Bengal government) are firm there is communal harmony in the state, why are you creating communal distinction between the two. Why can't two communities celebrate together?" the court questioned.

On September September 16, Mamata had warned RSS, Bajrang Dal and VHP not try to disturb peace in the state.

She had stated that her government had not put any curb on celebration of Vijaya Dashami rituals and had said, "There is misinformation campaign by certain outfits that we are stopping Vijaya Dashami celebrations at puja pandals and households."

"What we had said is on the day of ekadashi on October one there will be no immersions. Muharram, which is an occasion of mourning by the Muslim community, falls on the same date. Immersion will resume as usual from October two to four," she had told reporters at the state secretariat.

"Women will put sindoor on each other and Vijaya Dashami rituals will be observed as usual. Those having no inkling about Durga Puja and Kali Puja celebrations in Bengal are spreading all sorts of rumours," she had further said.

The CM had emphasised that her government was determined to maintain peace and harmony during the Durga Puja festival.

"If someone tries to disrupt peace, the administration will take stern action," the TMC chief had warned.

She had also urged members of the Muslim community to peacefully take out their procession during Muharram.

The state government had told the court that it had allowed immersion of Durga idols on Vijaya Dashami day till 10 pm to ensure law and order. 

(With PTI inputs)

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