Kolkata: Right after the Calcutta High Court lifted all the restrictions on Durga idols’ immersion imposed by the West Bengal government, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday hit back, saying that no one can tell her do to.
Mincing no words, Banerjee said: “Someone can split my throat but no one can tell me what to do.” She further shunned onus in case of any trouble which may occur during the immersion, saying: “The government will not be responsible if any untoward incident takes place.” “I will do what I can to keep the peace,” the West Bengal CM, however, added.
Earlier today, the Calcutta HC lifted all the restrictions on the immersion of Durga idols imposed by the West Bengal government, allowing it till 12 midnight on all days including on ‘Ashura’, the tenth day of the Islamic month of Muharram.
Terming the government’s directive as “arbitrary”, the court asked the police to designate separate routes for Durga Puja immersions, and Tazia processions on the occasion of Muharram, in the city and ensure adequate security for both.
The bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Rakesh Tiwary gave the orders while hearing three PILs challenging the restrictions on immersion of idols at the end of the five-day Durga Puja festival.
“The court said the state cannot hinder a citizen’s right to practise religion assuming that there will be law and order problems and asked the government to provide ‘concrete grounds’ for its decision to restrict the immersion,” a counsel associated with the case said after the High Court’s order.
“The court has asked the state government to diversify the routes of processions on the occasion of Durga Puja immersion and Tazia and ensure that the routes do not overlap in any way. The state is also advised to widely publicise the allotted routes for respective processions among people so that there is no confusion,” he added. The government banned idol immersion after 10 pm on September 30 – Dashami – when the Durga Puja ends. The Muslim community will mark Ashura on October 01.