Mamata slams High Court's Durga Puja idol immersion order: Slit my throat but don't tell me what to do

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Mamata slams High Court's Durga Puja idol immersion order: Slit my throat but don't tell me what to do

"I will do what I can to keep peace," said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Slamming the Calcutta High Court order on Durga idol immersion , West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said someone can slit her throat, but not tell her what to do.

"Someone can slit my throat but no one can tell me what to do," Banerjee said in Kolkata, shortly after the court allowed immersion of Durga idols on all days from Vijayadashami on September 30, including on Muharram, and directed her government to make necessary security arrangements.

"I will do what I can to keep peace," she said.

ALLEGATIONS OF MINORITY APPEASEMENT DEEPLY INSULTING: MAMATA

Strongly countering allegations of appeasing the minority community, Banerjee said such comments against her are "deeply insulting".

"I do not believe in appeasement. These comments are deeply insulting. I believe in the religion of humanity that talks about the harmony among all the religions," Banerjee said while inaugurating a Durga Puja in south Kolkata.

She also accused the central government of conspiring against Bengal.

CENTRE HATCHING CONSPIRACIES

"The centre hatches several conspiracies against us. They take help of different agencies from time to time. But I am strong believer in divine powers. I believe we will demolish all the conspiracies," she said.

Banerjee said she observes the rituals of all the communities with equal enthusiasm but nobody raises the question of appeasement when it comes to a non-Muslim festival.

"If I go to Muslim festival, people terms it as appeasement. But when I go the Chhath Puja celebrations or observe Buddha Purnima, does anybody ask whom am I appeasing? When I go to the temples or be present in the midnight prayer on Christmas, does anyone raise the question of appeasement?" she asked.

"It is not the custom to immerse the goddess on a Saturday or on Akadoshi (the day after Dussehra). So where was the problem? Some people are trying to demean the festival. They are trying to disrupt peace," Banerjee alleged.

Issuing a stern warning, she said those who are conspiring to create unrest in the state would have to take responsibility for it.