As the Durga idol immersion and Muharram are set for a head-on collision, the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday questioned Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her stand on the issue. The court said there is no harm in celebrating the two events together.

“Why can’t two communities celebrate together,” the court observed.

The court further said that “When the state government is firm, there is communal harmony in the state. Why are you creating communal distinction between the two communities?”

The court will pass an interim order on the case on Thursday. But the Acting Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court Rakesh Tiwari has already made certain observations regarding the case and has pointed out towards the article 25 and 26 of the Indian constitution that allows all the religions to practice their respective faiths.

Mamata Banerjee had last month announced that the Durga Puja immersion would be allowed on Dussehra/Dashami on September 30, but not on October 1, which is Ashura and a period of mourning for Muslims. However, the immersions would be resumed on October 2 and could take place till October 4.

“There will be immersions on October 30, as also from October 2-4. Only on October 1, there will be no immersion because of the observation of Muharram. I urge everybody to cooperate with the administration and also with each other so that there was no communal problem,” she said after a meeting with the organisers of the community Durga Puja committees at the Mahajati Sadan.

The Chief Ministers asked the Police Superintendents of all the districts to call the organisers of Durga Puja and Muharram in all the localities for discussions and pass her message.

“We won’t allow anybody to disturb the secular fabric of our state. I have asked people to take stringent action against trouble makers,” she said.

Mamata’s comments drew a lot of criticism on social media accusing her of dividing the people on the basis of religion.

(With IANS inputs)

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