Ma­mata warns VHP, Ba­jrang Dal, RSS against dis­turb­ing peace dur­ing puja

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

West Ben­gal Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee on Saturday is­sued a stern warn­ing to right wing or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing the Vishwa Hindu Par­ishad (VHP), Ba­jrang Dal and RSS against dis­turb­ing peace in the state dur­ing the up­com­ing Durga puja fes­ti­val, ask­ing them not to “play with fire”, re­ports IANS.

“Some peo­ple of RSS, Ba­jrang Dal and VHP-brand... if they think they can snatch away peace and hurt Ben­gal’s cul­ture, then let me tell them clearly that don’t play with fire. You be good and cel­e­brate the Puja well,” Ban­er­jee said here at the state sec­re­tar­iat.

Her com­ments came a day af­ter the VHP an­nounced its de­ci­sion to or­gan­ise “sash­tra pu­jan” (weapon wor­ship) dur­ing Bi­joya Dashami in the state, de­spite Ban­er­jee’s di­rec­tive to po­lice to pre­vent any such pro­gramme.

“Who­ever it is, whether it’s you or I, Tri­namool Con­gress, Con­gress, CPI-M, BJP... I will not spare any­one who or­ches­trates ri­ots. Politics should be done with politics. Those who can­not do politics with politics they go for CBI, ED, ri­ots, con­spir­acy. This is their game plan,” Ban­er­jee said.

The Tri­namool Con­gress supremo said any rally with weapons is il­le­gal and such rallies won’t be per­mit­ted. “Any vi­o­la­tion will be dealt with strongly,” she cau­tioned.

Mas­sive rallies were or­gan­ised by RSS and its af­fil­i­ates like Hindu Ja­gran Manch across the eastern state on April 5 in grandiose Ram Navami cel­e­bra­tions which saw thou­sands of Hindu ac­tivists, in­clud­ing school chil­dren, walk­ing on the road bran­dish­ing sticks and sharp weapons. Ban­er­jee re­it­er­ated that there would be no Durga puja im­mer­sions on Ashura or the 10th day of Muhar­ram (Oc­to­ber 1).

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