West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference at Nabanna in Kolkata on Saturday
17 September, 2017, 18:40
"It is not the RSS and its allied organisations that are playing with the fire".
He further said it is the Jihadis who are ruling the Bengal and Mamata's objective to make Bengal an Islamic state is now completely exposed.
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Sunday said the immersion of Durga's idol should be done from 3:00pm to 8:00pm on the day of Bijoya Dashami, the last day of Durga Puja, the largest religious festival of the Hindu community, reports BSS. "The Durga Puja inaugu rations start on October 18. will be inaugurating severa myself. It means that she is doing communal politics", he added.
Speaking to reporters at the state secretariat, Banerjee said, "Some people of RSS, Bajrang Dal and VHP-brand... if they think they can snatch away peace and hurt Bengal's culture, then let me tell them clearly that don't play with fire". Bengal has 30% minority population.
"If someone tries to disrupt peace, the administration will take stern action", she said. Her comments came a day after the VHP made a decision to go ahead with its plan of a "shastra pujan (weapon worship)" at private and religious institutions during Bijoya Dashami (Vijaya Dashami) across the state, despite CM Banerjee's instruction to police to thwart any such event.
Earlier in August, West Bengal chief minister sparked a controversy after she declared that Durga idols will not be immersed after 6 pm on September 30 and October 1 on account of Muharram.
However, women will be allowed to observe usual customs and there is also no ban on the Durga Puja, Kali Puja and celebrations will go ahead as per the traditions.
"What we had said is on the day of ekadashi on October one there will be no immersions".