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West Bengal government declares Ram Navami public holiday

West Bengal government declares Ram Navami public holiday

Kolkata : The Mamata Banerjee administration in West Bengal has declared Ram Navami on April 17 a public holiday, first time since coming to power in 2011.

A notification issued by the state government said all the state government offices, their allied organisations, and undertakings, barring essential services, will remain closed on the day.

During the last couple of years, there have been instances of violence in West Bengal over Ram Navami processions.

Last year, there were reports of violence from at least three places over Ram Navami processions, which the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is currently investigating following an order by the Calcutta High Court.

The leader of the opposition in West Bengal Assembly, Suvendu Adhikari, has claimed that the decision has been prompted by his criticism of the Chief Minister for not declaring a holiday on Ram Navami.

BJP’s IT cell chief and the party’s central observer for West Bengal, Amit Malviya, claimed that Chief Minister Banerjee, "who would turn blue with rage every time she heard ‘Jai Shree Ram' chants", has finally designated Ram Navami as a public holiday in the state.

“She has done this to redeem her anti-Hindu image. Too late though… More importantly, she must ensure that stones are not pelted on Ram Navami processions,” Malviya said in a message posted on X.

iANS with edits

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