He observed, "The high court's order on the Durga Puja idol immersion is neither victory nor defeat for anyone".
Earlier, West Bengal government had issued an order to ban idol immersion on Vijayadashami on September 30 after 10 pm and on October 1, the day when Muslims will observe Muharram. According to a senior state government official, it was decided that the police will ask the puja organisers to take permission by this Sunday if they want to immerse the Durga idols on October 1.
While addressing a gathering at the Ekdalia Evergreen Club here, Mamata said, "I will do what I can to keep peace in the state".
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Questioning the West Bengal government's curbs on Durga idol immersion, the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday said the state can not hinder a citizen's right to practise religion on the basis of a mere assumption of law and order disruption and must provide sound reasons for doing so. West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi said that the court's decision is a balanced decision and it directs people of West Bengal to live in peace and harmony. During the hearing on Wednesday, the court had made a strong comment on Mamta's government about this order. A division bench of the court comprising Acting Chief Justice Rakesh Tiwari and Justice Harish Tandon directed the West Bengal government to make necessary security arrangements. The Chief Minister did not want any situation to arise that leads to a communal clash, angering many Hindu groups.This diktat was, however, was voided by the Calcutta High Court yesterday that appeared to reprimand the government for what the court called "drawing a line between Hindus and Muslims" and "exercising extreme power without any basis".A defiant Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had declared soon after that she wouldn't back down, irrespective of the court verdict , As Reported By NDTV.
Mamata reacted dramatically to the court ruling saying, "Someone can slit my throat, but no one can tell me what to do". The court also asked the police to ensure the routes for immersion and Tazia.
They further said, "If you (State Government) get a dream, that something will go wrong, you can not impose restrictions". I feel angry when those, who have no idea about Bengal, give advice. He asked the people present, did anybody (Durga) do the statue immersion Saturday or (Vijay Dashami) Ekadashi.