VHP To Arrange ‘Astra Puja’ On Vijay Dashami

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Kolkata: In an effort to strengthen its organisation in West Bengal and “unite the Hindus”, the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) will organise “Astra puja” (weapon worship) programme at more than 300 locations in the state as part of Vijay Dashami celebrations on Saturday i.e. tomorrow.

Senior state VHP leader Sourish Mukherjee reportedly told that the Astra Puja (weapon worship), is very much part of Vijay Dashami celebrations which marks as the victory of good over evil. Tomorrow they will organise Astra pujas at more than 300 locations of the state. It will be organised mostly indoors and in some places where Durga Idol is worshipped.

They have no plans to take out any sort of armed rallies in the state. Such programmes are being held in the country for years.

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According to VHP state secretary Sachindranath Singha, this year’s weapon worship program will send out a message to “unite the Hindus” of the state against the anti-national and Jehadi elements.

Singha also told that through Astra puja they will send out a message to the Hindus of the state to unite against the anti-national and Jehadi elements and protest against the politics of appeasement. The Hindus of the state has to unite and stand up against these anti-national forces.

He said that earlier also the VHP used to organise such programmes on the day of Vijay Dashami.

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The Trinamool Congress leadership said any attempt to create division among masses will not be tolerated.

“The RSS, VHP and the BJP for last few years have been trying to polarise the state communally, but they have failed.

Everybody has the right to organise religious programmes. But our government will not tolerate any attempt to create division among communities,” a senior Trinamool Congress leader said on condition of anonymity.

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