In just over three weeks from now, Bengalis worldwide will get down to celebrate the arrival of the mother goddess – Maa Durga.
As the festive fervour builds up in Kolkata, Mamata Banerjee has struck a discordant note drowning the festive spirit in politically loaded visarjan hues.
To avoid possible clashes, Didi thought it best to ban idol immersions on Vijaya Dashami post 6 pm and the next day as well. The reason: next day is Muharram.
Didi’s reasoning is simple – vested interests might try to fan communal tension if Muharram tazias pass through areas celebrating Durga Puja.
The opposition however has lashed out at Mamata government, accusing her of pandering minorities for the sake of keeping her Muslim vote bank intact.
BJP’s Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh was quick to lead the charge. He took to Facebook to ask if Bengal under Mamata Banerjee was gradually heading towards a talibani rule and asked how long the people of Bengal could tolerate this polarisation politics?
While the left took a measured stand, the RSS refused to abide by Mamata’s orders and said that idols will be immersed on Dashami post 6 pm on September 30th as the almanac allows it following shaastra guidelines, and put the onus on the government saying it is the duty of the government to ensure both communities are able to perform their rituals as per religious guidelines.
The BJP incidentally is mulling to take the west Bengal govt to court over this diktat. The West Bengal govt incidentally had been pulled up by the Calcutta high court over a similar order last year as well.