VHP to carry out shas­tra puja in Ben­gal

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA - Ar­shad Ali ar­shad.ali@dnain­dia.net

Kolkata: Vishwa Hindu Par­ishad (VHP) said they in­tend to carry out shas­tra puja in at least 300 places across West Ben­gal in spite of Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Baner­jee’s Septem­ber 4 di­rec­tion to the po­lice ad­min­is­tra­tion to thwart any at­tempt of ‘shas­tra puja’ or weapon wor­ship on Dashami day of Durga Puja. VHP sources said that they would move court on Septem­ber 18 to get per­mis­sion for the same.

Chan­dranath Das, VHP’s vi­cepres­i­dent for south Ben­gal said the process for fil­ing a case has been ini­ti­ated. “We have got the pa­per­works ready and a case will be filed on Septem­ber 18. We will also send let­ters to author­i­ties at Lal­bazar — the Kolkata Po­lice head­quar­ters — and lo­cal po­lice sta­tions con­cerned. Shas­tra puja is an es­sen­tial part of Durga puja. Ma­mata is the daugh­ter of a Brah­min and she knows the para­pher­na­lia of pu­jas, but she ig­nores those to ap­pease Mus­lims and en­sure her vote­bank,” Das said. Asked if they would carry out shas­tra puja even if author­i­ties didn’t give per­mis­sion he said it would be de­cided later.

It was found out that prepa­ra­tions were afoot to per­form shas­tra puja at least 300 places in West Ben­gal.

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