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Don't disturb peace during Durga Puja no idol immersion on Muharram Mamata Banerjee warns RSS VHP

"Politics should not be done in the name of festivals", Banerjee said, according to ANI.

The RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal should not try to disturb peace and play with fire, she said, adding that Durga Puja had been traditionally celebrated with amity in Bengal where lakhs of people hit the streets.

Earlier in August, West Bengal chief minister sparked a controversy after she declared that Durga idols will not be immersed after 6 pm on September 30 and October 1 on account of Muharram.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday urged political parties to desist from taking out processions and holding meeting in the run-up to Durga Puja. "Everything else is a rumour", she said.

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However, she said that lies were being spread that immersion won't be allowed on Vijaya Dashmi. "Mamata is the daughter of a Brahmin and she knows the paraphernalia of pujas, but she ignores those to appease Muslims and ensure her vote bank".

Director-General of Police (DGP), West Bengal, Surajit Kar Purkayastha said that such rallies had never been organised in the past and no permission would be given by the police for them. "This is not appeasement [of minorities]". It is what we have inherited since Independence. The immersion, however, will not be allowed on October 1 in view of Muharram but it will again be permitted on October 2. "We will organise the programme as per schedule on October 3 and have booked a bigger hall this time to organise it on a larger scale".

On Friday, the state government clarified its position and told the Calcutta High Court that immersion will be allowed till 10 pm on September 30.

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