Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee challenges Calcutta high court’s interim order over Durga idol immersion and moves Supreme Court. Earlier, CM Mamata said “Slit my throat but no one tells me what to do,” after a court said her government in Bengal cannot ban the immersion of Durga idols on Muharram and cancelled the unusual restrictions that she had ordered on grounds that there could be trouble.
“You are exercising extreme power without any basis,” the Calcutta High Court said in sharp comments on the order banning immersions after 10 pm on September 30 – when Durga Puja ends – and on Muharram a day later.
The court has asked the state government to make designated routes and security arrangements to avoid the overlap of Durga idol immersion processions and Tazia processions on Muharram. “I will do what I can to keep the peace,” the Chief Minister said this evening, reacting to the court’s reprimand.
Acting Chief Justice Rakesh Tiwary today said the government must provide “concrete grounds” for its decision, which interferes with people’s faith. “If you dream that something will go wrong, you cannot impose restrictions.”