Bihar govt follows Mamata Banerjee, says no immersion of Durga idol on Muharram day


Just days after Calcutta High Court reversed the West Bengal government’s order banning the immersion of Durga idols on 1 October, Bihar government too appears to have followed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

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Calcutta High Court on Thursday had reversed the West Bengal government’s order postponing the immersion of Durga idol by a day keeping Muharram procession planned for the same day in mind.

With Muharram scheduled a day after Dussera this year, Banerjee had asked the people to cooperate with each other and not to fall prey to provocation leading to communal problems.

“Muharram is not a festival we must keep that in mind. It’s our responsibility. I have heard that some people have plans to disturb and drive people in a wrong path,” she had said stressing that the puja committees should play a “bigger role” in this context.

Just like West Bengal, Patna District Magistrate too has issued a direction asking people that Durga idol immersion must be completed by 30 September, a day before Muharram, which falls on 1 October.

It will be interesting to see if anyone approaches the court in Bihar too against the order banning of immersion of Durga idol in Bihar since the state has a government, where BJP is a partner.

Meanwhile, Banerjee met her too bureaucrats on Friday to decide new course of action in light of the HC order.

As reported by Janta Ka Reporter, the Bengal government has asked people to obtain prior permissions if they chose to immerse Durga idols on 1 October. Police will take a final call if granting them permissions will not cause any law and order situation in the state.


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