Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath made a controversial statement on Wednesday while addressing a rally in West Bengal's Barasat. Speaking at the rally, Yogi Adityanath launched a silent attack at West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee for restricting Durga puja idol immersion in 2017.
In September 2017, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ordered that the immersion of Durga idol will be taking place on October 2, 3 and 4, barring October 1 for Muharram.
Speaking over the matter, Yogi Adityanath said that the Trinamool chief tried to stop the Durga Puja last year. He went onto share an instance from Uttar Pradesh in 2018 when Durga Puja and Muharram coincided on the same day. The UP CM had ordered that when the officials asked him if Durga Puja's timing should be changed for the preparations, he had ordered that Muharram's procession timings can be changed, but Durga Puja will take place as planned.
"Last year, she tried to stop the Durga Puja. In the entire country, Muharram and Durga Puja coincided with each other. It was in Uttar Pradesh as well, in Bengal as well. In Uttar Pradesh our officials came and asked, how will the preparations take place. They asked if Puja's timing be changed. I said there will no change in the timing of Puja. Puja will take place only at the time of Puja. If you want to change the time, then change the time of the procession of Muharram. Then not one incident happened in UP," Yogi Adityanath said while addressing the rally.
He went on to give an ultimatum to the people carrying out the Muharram processions saying that if any violence breaks out during the procession, it will be their last procession.
"I also said that during the Muharram procession if there is any violence, then it will be your last procession," the UP CM added.
This comes a day after violent clashes broke out during BJP chief Amit Shah's roadshow in West Bengal's Kolkata.