Govt bans crackers during Durga Puja


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. Muharram, which is an occasion of mourning by the Muslim community, falls on the same date. "Idols can be immersed a day after on October 2 till October 4", she said while addressing the press at the state secretariat.

In a stern warning to RSS, Bajrang Dal and VHP Mamata to advised them not to play with fire and don't disturb peace during Durga Puja.

"Women will put sindoor on each other and Vijaya Dashami rituals will be observed as usual".

The West Bengal chief minister responded, saying the Bharatiya Janata Party was intentionally spreading misinformation.

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This time also, fairs and stalls outside the mandaps will be disallowed, the minister said in a briefing after the meeting held with Puja arrangement committee leaders.

The CM also said the police had recently foiled an attempt by the BJP to create communal problem at a place in the state and arrested two of its members.

Earlier, Chief Minister had said earlier that it will be permit immersion till 6 pm on Dashami. The RSS said that it has not planned to take out processions, but it is only planning to conduct shastra puja, which is integral to Hindu customs and traditions.

Ms. Banerjee clarified that Durga Puja immersions would be allowed on Dashami, September 30, and would be prohibited only for a day, on October 1, on account of Muharram.