West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, on Sunday warned the right-wing Hindutva groups planning to organise events while displaying weapons on the final day of Durga Puja festival to not play with fire.
Banerjee, known for her consistent stance on secularism, made it abundantly clear that anyone attempting to cause violations will be dealt with strongly. She also joined by the state police chief during the press conference.
Speaking to reporters at the state secretariat, Banerjee said, “Some people of RSS, Bajrang Dal and VHP-brand… if they think they can snatch away peace and hurt Bengal’s culture, then let me tell them clearly that don’t play with fire. You be good and celebrate the Puja well.”
The right-wing militant Hindutva outfit, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, on Saturday had announced its plans to hold event to worship weapons, known as sashtra pujan on the last day of Durga Puja, Vijaya Dashami.
Keeping the state’s law and order in mind, Banerjee had earlier said that immersion of Durga idols will not be permitted on 1 October because of Muharram processions scheduled for the same day. However, her government later relaxed the rule and allowed to immersion to take place until 10 PM on 30 September.
Banerjee’s is understandably wary of the attempts by the Hindutva groups, belonging to the same ideological family of the BJP, to cause communal disturbances in order to allegedly polarise communities along the lines of their religious beliefs.
BJP has been made desperate efforts to make inroads in Bengal, but has miserably failed so far. In the last assembly elections, the party had failed to win more than three seats.