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Don't spread or lend ear to rumours: Mamata

Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee requested people not to spread any rumour during the festive season and advised them not to believe them as well, during the inauguration of Jan Bazaar Sammilito Kali Puja on Friday.

During the day, Banerjee first inaugurated the Kali Puja of 6 Pally Sarbojanin Shyama Puja, organised by Five Star Sporting Club at Girish Park, in the afternoon.

After inaugurating the puja, the Chief Minister stated that every festival in Bengal is being celebrated by the state government as the administration thinks that "it is our culture to honour every religion's festivals and be part of those festivals."

That is why the state government has announced a holiday on Monday, despite 'Chhat' Puja being scheduled on Sunday, she added.

Banerjee also requested people to celebrate the festival of lights safely and advised them not to burst any such crackers which may harm anyone.

"I would request people to celebrate the festival of lights peacefully. Please be safe while lighting up crackers and other fireworks and ensure that others are not feeling disturbed. Also do not use any such crackers which can injure someone," she said.

Following Girish Park, the Chief Minister went to S N Banerjee Road to inaugurate the Janbazar Sammilito Kali Puja organised by the local traders.

After inaugurating the Puja, Banerjee said: "The Durga Puja days have passed without a single incident. It has been possible because people helped the administration. Police have also done an excellent job during the Puja days. We need your cooperation to continue the rest of the festive days peacefully in the same manner."

Earlier, several people in different districts of Bengal committed suicide after being panicked by the National Register of Citizens (NRC) issue. A large number of people were also seen visiting local government offices to rectify their documents in order to get ready for NRC.

The state government and the Chief Minister herself have announced that NRC will not be implemented in Bengal and assured people not to get panicked.

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