Mamata urges Kolkatans to maintain peace and harmony during Puja

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged people to maintain communal peace and harmony during the festive season.While inaugurating the community Puja at 74 Palli in Kidderpore on Thursday afternoon, she said many people will come from other states and even foreign countries to see the gala festival.”Durga Puja has become international. National Geographic will cover the Puja in 2018. It is the biggest festival in India and people from different religions and communities take part in it. It is our responsibility to maintain peace and harmony during the same.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAssuring the gathering she said she has the information that there will be no rain during the Pujas and dry spell will start from Saturday or Sunday.Banerjee also inaugurated the Puja at 25 Palli in Kidderpore. She was accompanied by Firhad Hakim, state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister. She said: “In addition to proper Kolkata, some Pujas in Kidderpore, Behala and Metiabruz are also beautiful.”Banerjee asked the organisers of Badamtala Ashar Sangha in Rashbehari area to reduce the size of the pandal. “There should be free entry and exit of people and the pathways situated on two sides cannot be blocked, in order to combat any emergency,” she said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe inaugurated Bakulbagan Sarbojanin, one of the most important community Pujas in Kolkata. She was accompanied by party MP Subrata Bakshi. There, she prayed for peace and prosperity of people. It may be mentioned that Bakulbagan is one of earliest clubs in Kolkata to introduce theme Puja in the mid 1980s. Mamata Banerjee’s painting on Ma Durga was the theme of the club some years ago.She also inaugurated the Puja of Bhowanipore Sarbojanin Durgotsav Committee, where the theme is communal harmony. She chanted hymns from Chandi and prayed for everybody’s happiness and peace. She said: “Hinduism has taught us to be tolerant and people from different religions take part in Durga Puja. There are some who are trying to create trouble during the festival and I request everyone to intensify vigil.”last_img