Kolkata, August 24: The forthcoming Durga puja, the biggest Hindu festival of West Bengal, has already been marred by controversy.
After Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday issued an order against the immersion of Durga idols on Dashami (the last day of Durga puja) as it coincides with Muharram on October 1, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleged the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) of trying to divide the Hindu and the Muslim communities by issuing such directives.
Rahul Sinha of the BJP told ANI that the saffron party would approach the Calcutta High Court against the order.
"Last year also she issued such directives on the immersion of Durga idol but the high court stayed the order terming it wrong. This time also she is repeating the same. She wants to divide the Hindus and the Muslims. We will not accept this. We will protest against it and also knock the doors of court," Sinha said.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra accused Banerjee of doing vote bank politics sidelining the high court's order.
"She does not care about the law of land or faith of communities. She only cares about politics of appeasement and vote bank politics. In 2016 also, she had come up with a similar circular limiting the immersion of Durga idol. She was castigated by the Calcutta High Court. The high court had categorically stated that this is nothing but appeasement politics. Yet again she is indulging herself into appeasement politics. People of West Bengal will give an apt and befitting reply to her," he told ANI.
As the latest order by the West Bengal government created a lot of controversy, the CM issued a clarification stating that immersion of Durga idols on Dashami will be halted only for 24 hours.
"This year Durga puja and Muharram fall on the same day. Except 24 hour period on Muharram day, immersions can take place on October 2, 3 and 4," she tweeted.
Earlier, she had said that there will be no immersion of Durga idols on Dashami after 6pm.
"No idol immersion after 6pm on Dashami (September 30) till October 1 due to Muharram processions, immersion will resume from October 2," Banerjee had said in an official statement.
A similar order was issued by the CM last year too, however, it was stayed by the Calcutta High Court.