Once again proving that she is law unto herself, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today reacted strongly against the order given by Calcutta High Court. Mamata said that she can have her throat slit, but she will not take orders from anyone. She did not name the High Court specifically, but it was clear that she was talking about the Calcutta High Court. “Someone can slit my throat, but no one can tell me what to do. I will do what I can to keep peace,” Mamata said in relation to the order passed by the High Court. Yesterday, the court had rejected the notification issued by the state government, wherein Durga idol immersions were banned during Muharram. Today, the court passed its final order, allowing Durga idol immersions on all days including Muharram.
The court has given directions to the police to allocate different routes for immersions and Tazia procession, which is carried out during Muharram. The police will have to ensure that the paths do not overlap. The court also directed the state government to publish advertisements about the different routes so that people can follow them. The state has also been directed to take measures to ensure harmony between the communities. However, Mamata is said to be fuming at the court’s order, as it has made a mockery of her. The only option left for Mamata now is to approach the Supreme Court.