Serampore: A Durga Puja committee in Hooghly district on Sunday eve of its inauguration by Union Minister Babul Supriyo cancelled the programme allegedly “under political pressure”.
Mr Supriyo, Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise, had been invited to inaugurate the Durga puja of Nehru Nagar Sarbajanin at Serampore The club authorities, however, decided this evening that the BJP leader will not inaugurate the puja.
BJP district president and the puja committee’s vice president Bhaskar Bhattacharya said that he was informed in writing that the committee was unable to carry on with the scheduled inauguration by Mr Babul Supriyo.
“Local people did not want the minister to inaugurate the puja. The organisers perhaps took the decision for this reason,” according to the local MP and Trinamool Congress leader Kalyan Bandyopadhyay said.
“Babul Supriyo was invited to inaugurate a Durga Puja in Serampore. But at the last minute after being threatened by TMC leaders the organisers withdrew their invitation. This is mockery of democracy,” Mr Ghosh said.