Mamata Banerjee: No Durga idol immersion on Muharram


KOLKATA: With Muharram scheduled a day after Dussera this year, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday asked the people 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 while addressing a meeting of Durga Puja committees on Wednesday evening.

She asked, “Why should we take the blame because of some people who are trying to take political advantage?,”

Banerjee 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 October 1, on the scheduled day of Muharram.

We will request all puja organizers not to hold immersions after 6pm on Dashami, September 30. No immersions will be allowed on October 1. As a concession, we will allow immersions till October 4. The Red Road carnival will be held on October 3,” Mamata said on Wednesday.

“Muharram is not a festival we must keep that in mind. It’s our responsibility. I have heard that some people have plans to disturb and drive people in a wrong path,” she said stressing that the puja committees should play a “bigger role” in this context.

The chief minister also asked the people not to pay heed to posts on social networking sites leading to communal disturbances.




  1. I am sure devoted Hindus of West Bengal must be feeling they are part of Bangladesh. If any one is taking political advantage of this situation, it is Mamta Banerjee to protect her vote bank. Just like in J & K and other parts of India, Hindus (Hindus, Jains, Sikhs) of W. Bengal are a second class citizens. Then the fault lies fairly and squarely at the foot of the people of W. B. They should wake up before it is too late. So many non Bengali, like Gujarati, Sikhs and others are already leaving W.B. No wonder, WB, one of the most articulate, rich and prosperous province before independence is now on its knees. God save WB?

  2. Mamta has a unique character as she can do anything to appease the Muslims.
    Bengali Hindu majority must throw her out office.

  3. Majority of People of India are innocent people. So Some people are fully taking their advantages. Mamta is one of those people . Very hard job to improve the situation. See what is happening today in Haryana and Punjab “Baba Ram Raheem.” Can we think what are our responsibilities and what should we do? Bharat Bagya Vidata