The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday questioned state government’s move saying why the two communities could not celebrate together. “Why are you creating a communal distinction between Hindus and Muslims,” HC asked West Bengal government. It was hearing an appeal on CM Mamata Banerjee’s decision not to immerse Durga idols on Muharram day.
Mamata triggered a controversy on 23 August, when she declared that Durga idols would not be immersed after 6 pm on 30 September and 1 October due to Muharram.
“When you (state government) are firm there is communal harmony in the state, why are you creating a communal distinction between the two? Let them live in harmony. Do not create a line between them. Let them live together,” the HC said.
Mamata received criticism from BJP for indulging in “appeasement politics”. State BJP president, Dilip Ghosh had described Banerjee’s announcement to postpone Durga idol immersions as “unconstitutional.” The RSS also expressed displeasure over her decision.
Banerjee at a programme had said, “Since Muharram falls on October 1, Durga Puja idol immersion can be done till 6 pm on Bijoya Dashami. There will be no problem for those who want to immerse idols before 6 pm. The idol immersion cannot be done on Ekadashi (the day after Bijoya Dashami).” She had added, “We sometimes prefer not to immerse idols on this day. Muharram is also on that day.”