Only A Handful Of Bengal Puja Organisers Immerse Idols Today

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Only A Handful Of Bengal Puja Organisers Immerse Idols Today

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Employees carry an idol of Goddess Durga for immersion in Kolkata (PTI)

Kolkata:  On Bijoya Dashami, the tip of Durga Puja, solely a handful of pandal organisers throughout West Bengal turned as much as immerse idols as we speak when Muslims additionally noticed Muharram. Although the Calcutta Excessive Court docket had allowed Puja organisers to immerse idols as we speak after overturning Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s diktat, until Friday not a single Puja organiser had utilized for police permission to immerse idols as we speak.And of over 25,000 Durga Puja set-ups throughout West Bengal, solely a handful got here out to immerse idols.Many of the Durga Puja committees within the state are led by Trinamool Congress or TMC leaders and ministers. They weren’t going to immerse idols as we speak and invite the wrath of their boss.

The Ekdalia Park Pujo, one of the vital widespread and crowded pujas in south Kolkata, has been minister Subrata Mukherjee’s favorite for years.

Tridhara Sammelani, one other must-see south Kolkata Puja, is organised by TMC councillor within the Kolkata Municipal Company Debashish Kumar. On why he did not immerse idols as we speak, Mr Kumar mentioned, “On October three, Mamata Banerjee is internet hosting the mega Kolkata Carnival the place 40 of town’s prime Durga idols might be taken down Crimson Highway in a grand parade. Our idol is invited to take part in that. So no query of immersion until then.”

An umbrella physique of Puja organisers, known as the Discussion board of Puja Organisers, had informed all committees related to it to not immerse idols as we speak.Not solely does nobody needed to upset Ms Banerjee, there may be additionally some ritualistic opposition to immersion on Ekadashi, or the day after Dashami, and lots of are utilizing that as an excuse.

The Calcutta Excessive Court docket final week overturned the ban Ms Banerjee had introduced on immersions on a day when Muharram can be noticed.

Puja committees with out political hyperlinks and smaller ones are making no bones about toeing the road.

“Why get into all this controversy?” mentioned Tinku Pal of Lake Terrace Dakshinee Sangha Puja. “We’ve a vacation on Monday. We are going to immerse on that day,” she mentioned.

Saptarshi Basu of Ballygunge Cultural Puja mentioned they historically immersed on Dashami and would have completed so this time too. “However we’ve got been invited to the Kolkata Carnival, so we’ll immerse the idol after that, on October three,” Mr Basu mentioned.

In the previous few days of Durga Puja, the Kolkata visitors police had been usually tweeting about street closure at many locations as a consequence of spiritual processions.
 

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