Priyanka Dutta, Kolkata: The Bengal government believes that with Muharram falling a day after Dusshera, processions from both the communities, can lead to a potentially volatile situation. Mamata Banerjee in her speech earlier, expressed concerns about the fragile peace currently ensued in Bengal. She said it is duty of all to ensure that harmony is maintained and advised all not to fall to any rumour-mongering on social media.
Didi’s word of caution comes barely a month after Bengal hit the national headlines for a communal riot which broke out at Basirhat over a Facebook post about Prophet Mohammed. It took army deployment and strong administrative measures to bring the situation under control. Basirhat has followed the pattern of similar communal flare-ups in Kalichak in Malda, Dhulagarh and Chandannagar among others in the last couple of years.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that her government would foil any attempt to divide people during the coming religious occasions.
Asking people “not to be misled by any conspiracy made by troublemakers”, she said, “If there are some Facebook posts, some tweets to spread falsehood and misinformation, please be alert and counter them.”
Inaugurating a Durga puja here, she said Bengal is not a place for conflicts. “Please don’t spare those who will attempt to bring disrepute to Bengal, to our famous Durga puja festival.”
Her statement came amid fears of disturbances during the Durga idol immersions which are coinciding with the Tazia processions of Muharram.
Banerjee said, “From Ganapati puja of Maharashtra to Guru Nanak Jayanti (of Punjab), Bengal has embraced festivals of different regions as its own. This is the spirit of the state.”
Referring to the recent communal riot at Basirhat in North 24-Parganas district, she said, “Just imagine they had used video clips of a Bhojpuri film to claim this took place in Bengal. Did they know anything about our Bengal?
“They had falsely linked some incidents in Bangladesh with Bengal in another video. But they must know these things never happen in Bengal,” she said.
“Fire can be used for lighting candles and lamps to dispel darkness. Fire should not be triggered by match sticks to spread conflict,” the chief minister said.
She affirmed,”Those who raise question about my religion and wonder if I was born a Hindu or Muslim, let me say I despise their poor taste.