Stay calm, ignore canards: Mamata
Kolkata: Urging people to maintain peace and calm and not become victims of unnecessary conspiracies, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said: "I would request all to not pay any attention to canards and false propaganda."
Extending her wishes on the auspicious day of Mahalaya, while inaugurating the Durga Puja of Hindustan Club in South Kolkata, she added: "Bengal shows the way to the entire country and Bengal is now Biswa Bangla." The Chief Minister maintained that Bengal is the place that has had a tradition of peace and harmony for ages.
It may be mentioned that she had been creating awareness among people to foil all attempts to disturb the peace and stability in the state.
Banerjee also added that earlier, the Puja used to be only for three days and now it has gone up to 10 days. "I visit the Durga Puja mandaps before Chaturthi. People start visiting the puja mandaps from that time onwards too. I feel, due to the craze, it might lead to chaos. During those days, I keep watch so that the festive days pass off peacefully," she said.
The Chief Minister further stated that more people from abroad will be visiting the Puja mandaps this time as the delegates and representatives of media houses from different countries will start pouring in during those four days itself to cover the FIFA Under-17 Football World Cup.
Banerjee also sketched eyes of the idol of Goddess Durga at Chetla Agrani Club on Tuesday, apart from inaugurating Durga Puja mandaps of Naktala Udayan Sangha, Dhakuria 95-Palli and Kalighat Milan Sangha.
She also launched the festival issue of the party's mouthpiece Jago Bangla at Nazrul Mancha on Tuesday.
Veteran singers Dwijen Mukhopadhyay and Sandhya Mukherjee were among the eminent persons present.