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Slit my throat, will do what is right, says CM

Kolkata: "Slit my throat but no one tells me what to do," Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee declared on Thursday after a court said her government in Bengal cannot ban the immersion of Durga idols on Muharram and cancelled the unusual restrictions that she had ordered on grounds that there could be trouble.
"You are exercising extreme power without any basis," the Calcutta High Court said in sharp comments on the order banning immersions after 10 pm on September 30 — when Durga Puja ends — and on Muharram a day later.
The Bench advised the government to learn from the Mumbai police how to manage the situation when Ganesh idol immersion and Muharram fall on the same day.
The police have also been asked to ensure that routes are designated for immersion and Tazia so that they do not overlap. The Bench also directed the state government to put out advertisements giving information about the routes and also for ensuring amity and harmony between the communities.
The Chief Minister said, without naming the BJP that canards and false propaganda were being spread and attempts were being made to create trouble during the festival days.
"I will do what I can to keep the peace. Delhi is conspiring against us. They are trying to create trouble during the festival days," she added after inaugurating the Durga Puja at Ekdalia Evergreen community puja on Thursday evening. She added: "It takes a very long time to establish peace but takes only seconds to destroy it." Banerjee also warned those who are attempting to create trouble during the festive season and said no one will be spared.
Strongly countering allegations of appeasing the minority community, the Chief Minister 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. She also accused the central government of conspiring against Bengal.
"The Centre hatches several conspiracies against us. They take help of different agencies from time to time. But I am a 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.
Reciting hymns from Chandi stotra she prayed to the deity for peace and prosperity of the state. Subrata Mukherjee and Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay were also present at the inauguration. Ekdalia Evergreen is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.
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