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Govt bans crackers during Durga Puja

Govt bans crackers during Durga Puja

Kolkata: A day after Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) made a decision to ahead with "Shastra Pujan", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee warned that she will not tolerate any arms rallies in the state and will take strong action in this regard. Mamata, while speaking to mediapersons, said today, "Don't disturb peace during Durga Puja, don't play with fire".

The right-wing militant Hindutva outfit, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, on Saturday had announced its plans to hold event to worship weapons, known as sashtra pujan on the last day of Durga Puja, Vijaya Dashami. Bengal has 30% minority population. "People can not stay peacefully during the [Durga] Puja". Her comments came a day after the VHP chose 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.

"The administration will take stern measures against those trying to disrupt peace", she said.

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On August 24, Banerjee had said idol immersions will not be allowed on October 1 since Durga Puja and Muharram will be on the same day.

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. "We will organise the programme as per schedule on October 3 and have booked a bigger hall this time to organise it on a larger scale".

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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