Kolkata: The ruling Trinamool Congress trying to divide the people of the state on basis of religious lines by giving out doles during Durga puja to secure its vote bank accused by West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh. Mr. Ghosh further claimed that When it faced the anger of the Hindus it decided to give funds to Durga Puja committees.
The statements come from Mr. Ghish overreacting to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s announcement to give Rs 10,000 each to 28,000 Durga Puja committees in the state. While interacting to the reporters he said that the TMC government had earlier disbursed funds to Imams.
Mr. Ghosh added that “ From the very beginning, the TMC government has been trying to divide the people of the state into religious lines in order to secure its vote bank. The Hindus do not need doles from the TMC to celebrate Durga Puja. If the state government is so concerned about the Hindus celebrating Durga Puja then why did not it give doles the previous years?”
Last year, The government imposed restrictions on Durga idol immersion on Vijayadashami after 10 pm and had said no immersion would be allowed on October 1, the day Muharram was scheduled to be observed. Mr. Ghosh has said “ Where was the concern for Durga Puja then? Now as the Hindus are uniting, the TMC is afraid that it will face their backlash.”
It was said that the state Chief Minister had declared that Rs 10,000 would be given to each of the 28,000 puja committees across West Bengal-3,000 in the state capital and 25,000 in the districts, which will cost Rs 28 crore.