VHP to carry out shastra puja in Bengal
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.