West Bengal: Despite high court ruling, Mamata restricts Durga visarjan on Muharram

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"Except for a 24-hour period on the day of Muharram, immersions can take place on October 2, 3 and 4".

The state CM has asked top police officials of all districts to talk with Muharram and Durga Puja organisers across the state to pass on her message.

She made it clear that there would not be any idol immersion on October 1, on the scheduled day of Muharram.

"We won't allow anybody to disturb the secular fabric of our state".

Banerjee's decision has, however, agitated the BJP.

The court clearly said that the decision was to "appease the minority section of the public".

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"We have to maintain peace during the festivals", she told reporters in Kolkata, according to The Indian Express. This comes despite such a decision being struck down by the Calcutta High Court after it was challenged by multiple Public Interest Litigations (PIL) filed previous year. "Hindus here can not take out Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti processions".

However, that may not happen this time, because although Banerjee clarified her order on Wednesday evening, it still means no immersion can take place throughout October 1. "We will expect the Parliament to bring a legislation soon", she added.

This comes after Calcutta HC struck down a similar decision previous year. However, communal violence incidents were reported even after the restrictions. Interestingly, Ahmed organised several protest programmes, conventions, seminars to obtain support in favour of Muslim Personal Law board and against central government's efforts to implement a ban on triple talaq.Ahmed in an interview to ET earlier had said that this could have been the "precursor to implement the Uniform Civil Code".

Banerjee's decision also started a war of words on social media. In the year 2016 also, she had come up with similar circular limiting the immersion of Durga idol.

However, TMC leader Derek O' Brien replied to Sardesai, saying, "Sitting in La La Lutyens and writing prescriptions for #Kolkata Ask those who live here & you will understand the impracticality, my friend".

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