West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Wednesday accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of trying to divide the people of the state on religious lines by giving out doles during festivals to secure its vote bank.
When it faced the "anger of the Hindus", it decided to give funds to Durga Puja committees, Ghosh claimed.
"From the very beginning, the TMC government has been trying to divide the people of the state on religious lines in order to secure its vote bank," he said.
"The Hindus don't need doles from the TMC to celebrate Durga Puja... If the state government is so concerned about the Hindus celebrating Durga Puja then why didn't it give doles the previous years?" Ghosh asked.
The state government had last year imposed restrictions on Durga idol immersion on Vijaydashami after 10 pm and had said no immersion would be allowed on October 1, the day Muharram was scheduled to be observed.
On September 10, Banerjee had declared that Rs 10,000 would be given to each of the 28,000 puja committees across West Bengal - 3,000 in the state capital and 25,000 in the districts, which will cost the exchequer Rs 28 crore.
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