Durga idols should be in the river by 8pm: Home minister

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Kolkata: A day after Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) chose to ahead with "Shastra Pujan", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee warned that she will not tolerate any arms rallies in the state and will take strong action in this regard.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday issued a strong message to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and other Hindutva organisations. "I appeal to all not to disturb people by conducting processions and meetings Let us spend the Puja day peacefully", she said.

BJP has been made desperate efforts to make inroads in Bengal, but has miserably failed so far.

"The Muslim Population of West Bengal is 30 percent". "People can not stay peacefully during the [Durga] Puja".

Her comments came on the backdrop of VHP's decision to go ahead with its plan of a "shastra pujan" at private and religious institutions during Bijoya Dashami across the state.

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"If someone tries to disrupt peace, the administration will take stern action", she said.

Keeping the state's law and order in mind, Banerjee had earlier said that immersion of Durga idols will not be permitted on 1 October because of Muharram processions scheduled for the same day.

The immersion of Durga's idol has been limited within the timeframe of 3:00pm to 8:00pm.

Mamata said, "One thing should be clear- there shouldn't be any immersion during Muharram". There is also no ban on observing Vijaya Dashami, and Durga Puja and Kali Puja celebrations will also go ahead as has been the tradition for ages, where lakhs of people hit the streets to celebrate the festival with peace and harmony.

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