Mamata Banerjee’s decision that there would be no idol immersion on October 1 due to Muharram has not gone down well with the Hindu outfits. On Wednesday, the BJP had said it would move high court to challenge her decision and on Thursday, many other Hindu outfits said that they will ignore the directive and will ask all puja committees to do the same. “We strongly oppose this decision. We will appeal to all puja committees to carry out immersion of idols as per Hindu rituals. We will tell them that there is no need to follow the state government’s order. We are protesting against this arbitrary decision,” Tapan Ghosh, president of the Hindu Samhati, which monitors and reports violence against Hindus told The Indian Express.
Jishnu Basu, RSS karyavaha (secretary) for the southern part of Bengal, also spoke in the same tune. He told The Indian Express that Hindus would hold immersions as per their rituals. “I want to ask the police how many Durga puja committees were given permission last year and how many were given the same to hold Muharram processions? There can never be a comparison in this regard as Durga Puja is one of the major festivals here and Muharram is observed in few places. We believe that Hindus will ignore her decision… In Bengal, Hindus will have to ensure their rights, Basu said.
Earlier, the BJP and RSS had also come down heavily on the government for this decision. Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh criticised the decision as arbitrary and an attempt to appease the Muslim community of the state for the sake of vote bank politics. “Why will Hindus be not allowed to celebrate their biggest festival? For the last few years same thing has been happening. The decision is completely baseless and unconstitutional. It has been taken to appease the Muslim community of the state,” Ghosh said, according to PTI.
While addressing Durga puja committees at Netaji Indoor Stadium Wednesday, Mamata had said immersions will be held till 6 pm on Dashami (September 30) and that while there will be no immersions on Muharram (October 1), they will resume on October 2 and continue till October 4, the day before Lakshmi Puja.