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

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference at Nabanna in Kolkata on Saturday

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference at Nabanna in Kolkata on Saturday

"It is she who is doing this", he added.

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

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Banerjee said the "BJP should not do politics using CBI, ED and foment riots". The chief minister also warned them not to play with fire. She has put false allegation on Bajrang Dal.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday urged political parties to desist from taking out processions and holding meeting in the run-up to Durga Puja. Can she push Moharram a day back because of Durga Puja? If in Mumbai there can be Ganesh possession and Moharram together the why can't it be in Bengal.

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Speaking to reporters at the state secretariat, Banerjee said, "Some people of RSS, Bajrang Dal and VHP-brand... if they think they can snatch away peace and hurt Bengal's culture, then let me tell them clearly that don't play with fire". Last month, the West Bengal government had announced that it would distribute identity cards issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to Rohingya children lodged in juvenile justice homes across the state after UNHCR officials in India wrote to the West Bengal government.

"If someone tries to disrupt peace, the administration will take stern action", she said. No idol immersion on Muharram will be allowed. Immersion processions can continue from October 2, it said. VHP has planned shastra puja in at least 300 locations across the state on Vijaya Dashami which will be celebrated on September 30.

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On August 24, Banerjee had said idol immersions will not be allowed on October 1 since Durga Puja and Muharram will be on the same day.

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