Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday directed police administration that any attempt of ‘shastra puja’ or weapon worship by members of the saffron brigade on Dashami of Durga Puja, should be thwarted.
“Weapons look best in the hands of Durga. So ensure that there is no attempt of creating tension on Vijaya Dashami day through ‘shastra puja’ or any procession with arms,” Mamata said on Monday at an administrative review meeting at Nabanna, the state secretariat. Present at the meeting were director general of police Surajit Kar Purakayastha, Commissioner of Kolkata Police Rajeev Kumar, all the district magistrates and district superintendents.
Her instructions come after the Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP) had said that they intended to carry out shastra puja on Vijaya Dashami. Sources said that they would carry swords and even firearms during the rally and had said that if people from some other community were allowed to take out processions with arms on Muharram, they should also be allowed to take out such rallies. “There should not be discrimination in the implementation of rules,” said a senior VHP leader.
At the review meeting, the CM also reviewed the performance of various departments of her government. Sources said that only two departments – panchayat and power – had secured excellent grade by the CM on the basis of utilisation of budgeted funds. “These two departments have used about 85 per cent the allocated funds,” a senior official said.
It was found out that law minister Malay Ghatak had got a dressing down from Mamata for the huge number of pending cases in different departments. Ghatak had been told that there were about 30,000 pending cases which needed to be stepped up on which would also ensure that legal expenses would come down too.
She also reprimanded the state fisheries department for slow progress in the implementation of fisheries projects in the state. Sources said that Mamata also criticised the district magistrates of Cooch Behar, Jhargram, South 24 Parganas and Alipurduar for their poor performance in terms of implementation of welfare projects.