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Mamata allows religious gatherings ahead of Eid

On the one hand, Mamata Banerjee restricted local and metro trains after swearing in; on the other, she permitted Eid assembly amid the Covid-19 pandemic

While West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in view of the Covid-19 contagion, had imposed restrictions on local trains and Metro immediately after her swearing-in ceremony, today she allowed religious and cultural programmes ahead of the upcoming Muslim festival of Eid. However, a cap has been placed on 50 people. Eid prayers and gathering at Red Road in Kolkata will not be held this year amid the surge in coronavirus cases.

“In this Covid-19 situation, we have allowed religious and cultural programs with a maximum of 50 people. No Eid prayers and gatherings will be there at Red Road as decided by Muslim leaders. I request that there should be no big gatherings as Azaan can be heard from home,” the chief minister said.

Mamata Banerjee said that strict measures have been taken to control the spread of coronavirus in the state. “We have taken strict measures to curb the virus,” she said while addressing a press conference at the state secretariat following the first cabinet meeting of her newly formed government.

The chief minister urged the union government to facilitate free-of-cost vaccination for all.

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters, the chief minister claimed that the post-poll violence-hit state is peaceful. “There is no violence,” she said even as Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said the state is in a deep crisis.

“Post poll, we are in a deep crisis in the state. Retributive violence, acts of arson, loot now have graduated to intimidation and extortion. This is worrisome,” he said in a parallel address today.

Contending that peace prevails in the Bengal, Banerjee affirmed that her government will act against anyone circulating fake videos over post-post violence.

As many as 43 Trinamool Congress (AITC) leaders were sworn in as ministers in Mamata Banerjee’s Cabinet today here at Raj Bhavan. Earlier on 5 May, Mamata Banerjee took oath as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the third consecutive term.

The AITC won 213 seats in the recently concluded West Bengal Assembly elections. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got 77 seats in the 294-seat state assembly.

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