West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today issued a stern warning to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and cautioning them not to disturb the peace during Durga Puja, according to PTI. The chief minister also warned them not to play with fire. Mamata’s comments came a day after the VHP decided to go ahead with the “shastra pujan (weapon worship)” during Bijoya Dashami across the state. However, the chief minister had instructed the police to thwart any such event, according to The Indian Express.
Yesterday, the West Bengal government, which drew flak over restrictions on immersion of Durga idols, told the Calcutta High Court that immersion will be allowed till 10 pm on September 30, though Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier said that it will be permitted only till 6 pm on that day. The court was hearing a plea which wanted that the immersion be allowed till 1.36 am on October 1 in accordance with the Hindu almanac, as per PTI
On September 11, PTI reported that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s programme in Kolkata will go ahead as per schedule, despite the state government cancelling permission for the venue citing security reasons. The venue, Mahajati Sadan, had been booked for celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of one of Swami Vivekananda’s disciples Sister Nivedita for which the RSS chief had been invited. However, the booking was cancelled last week. “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. The state government tried to stop it but they did not succeed,” Jishnu Basu, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) West Bengal General Secretary told PTI.