Mamata please Muslims, ban Durga idol immersion on Muharram

Kolkata: It's high voltage tension time again here with immersion of Goddess Durga idols after Durga Puja and Muharram ( the Muslim day of mourning) coinciding this year too. To avert ugly scenes, state chief minister Mamata Banerjee has banned the immersion of idols of Muharram, a decision which the BJP has termed 'Talibani'.  

Banerjee said with Muharram slated to be observed a day after Dussera or Bijoya Dashami, the administration had fixed September 30, as also October 2-4 as the dates for immersion of the idols of Durga and her children. There will be no immersion from 6pm September 30 till October 1, she said.   

"There will be immersions on October 30, as also from October 2-4. Only on October 1, there will be no immersion because of the observation of Muharram. I urge everybody to cooperate with the administration and also with each other so that there was no communal problem," she said after a meeting with the organisers of the community Durga Puja committees at the Mahajati Sadan.

"Please don't fall into the trap laid by the vested interests, who want to promote their political interests by creating communal problems," Banerjee appealed.

The Chief Minister asked the Police Superintendents of all the districts to call the organisers of Durga Puja and Muharram in all the localities for discussions and pass her message.

"We won't allow anybody to disturb the secular fabric of our state. I have asked people to take stringent action against trouble makers," she said.

The BJP has termed the decision as one to please the Muslims. "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?" BJP's Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh wrote on Facebook