West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, said on Thursday that she will do anything possible to keep the peace in the state. Her reaction came just hours after Calcutta High Court reversed her earlier order on banning the immersion of Durga idol on the day of Muharram processions.
“Someone can slit my throat but no one can tell me what to do. I will do what I can to keep peace,” Banerjee was quoted by news agency ANI.
Calcutta High Court on Thursday 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.
Fearing law and order, the West Bengal government had decided to allow the immersion of Durga idol on Vijaya Dashmi until 10 PM on 30 September. According to the order, immersion was banned for 1 October keeping Muharram procession in mind.
On Thursday the acting chief justice of Calcutta High Court, Rakesh Tiwary, had said, “Let them (Hindus and Muslims) live in harmony, do not create a line between them.”
With Muharram scheduled a day after Dussera this year, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had asked the people on Wednesday to cooperate with each other and not to fall prey to provocation leading to communal problems.