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‘I do not restrict Durga Puja timings because of Muharram’, says Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday took a swipe at his Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee and said he did not allow any change in Durga Puja timings in his state to accommodate Muharram processions. Muharram and the puja coincided in Uttar Pradesh too. In 2016 and 2017, Bengal witnessed uneasy scenes when community Durga Puja organisers had to move the Calcutta high court against the state’s restrictions on immersion of Durga idols in view of Muharram processions. “People performing Durga Puja in Bengal had to go to court because the government listens only to court. In August 2016, the Mamta Banerjee government announced that there would be no idol immersion post 4 pm on Vijaya Dashami, the day for immersion according to the Hindu almanac.

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