Mamata Banerjee led West Bengal government has finally ended the controversy over the immersion of Durga idol by what appears to be a perfect plan. The Trinamool Congress government has told the Calcutta High Court that immersion will be allowed till 10 PM on 30 September.
State Advocate General, Kishore Dutta, representing the government, said that a notification had already been issued allowing the immersion of idols till 10 PM on Vijaya Dashami (30 September). However, the immersion will not be allowed on 1 October due to Muharram processions. This will again resume on 2 October.
According to an earlier, report, the state government had allowed immersion until 6 PM on 30 September.
The high court was hearing wanting the immersion be allowed till 1.36 am on October 1 in accordance with the Hindu almanac.
With Muharram scheduled a day after Dussera this year, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had asked the people on 23 August to cooperate with each other and not to fall prey to provocation leading to communal problems.
Some quarters may try to instigate people to flare up communal tension and there are people who may try to take political advantage of this, Banerjee said, addressing a meeting of Durga Puja committees in the evening. She had asked, “Why should we take the blame because of some people who are trying to take political advantage?”
Banerjee had directed SPs in the districts to talk to Durga Puja committees and Muharram committees regarding holding of their rallies, and said that there would not be any idol immersion on 1 October, on the scheduled day of Muharram.
“Immersion will resume on October 2 and will continue till 4 October,” she said.