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Bengal government takes on RSS over weapons use during processions; warns of strict action

The Bengal government seems to be in no mood to allow the promotion of weapons during religious processions. In what is being seen as a direct challenge to the saffron brigade including the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the state government will not allow anyone to carry weapons during religious processions. Mamata said that the state police will take strict action against anyone who is found to be violating the law. It may be recalled that the saffron camp had earlier carried weapons during Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti. And now, it wants to conduct ‘shastra puja’ (weapon worship) on Bijoya Dasami on September 30.

However, the saffron camp does not seem to be affected by Mamata’s warnings. Sachindranath Singha, Vishwa Hindu Parishad organizational secretary for West Bengal, Odisha, Sikkim and Andaman, said that their organization will utilize legal steps if the state government tries to stop them from conducting shastra puja. He said that shastra puja is a part of Hindu religion and it cannot be denied by anyone. The RSS said that it has not planned to take out processions, but it is only planning to conduct shastra puja, which is integral to Hindu customs and traditions. Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said that the state government cannot decide the date and time of rituals such as Durga immersion.

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