Calcutta: The Hindu Mahasabha Akhil Bharatiya in Kasba, on the southern outskirts of Kolkata, modified the Mahatma Gandhi-like idol Mahishasura on Monday in the face of criticism.
A section of the opposition parties, as well as social networks, created a huge ruckus on the issue. The police intervened and on Sunday night, the organizers finally introduced those changes.
However, even that change was not without controversy leaving organizers aggrieved. Chandrachur Goswami, one of the Puja organizers, alleged that the local police from the Kasba police station forcibly made the changes. “It was the police who took off his glasses and put a wig and a mustache on the idol. We receive threatening calls. The police threatened us with closing our Puja and finally we had to accept the changes. But our protests will continue,” he said.
A section of the Puja organizers reportedly wanted to remove the Mahisasura idol entirely as a sign of protest. But ultimately, they decided to go ahead with the makeover for the sake of traditional rituals that are incomplete without the presence of the devil.
Meanwhile, a complaint against Goswami was filed at the local Kasba police station. However, Goswami is not upset about it and said that he will take the matter up legally.
Currently pursuing his PhD in environmental science, Goswami also ran as an independent candidate against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the 2021 Bhabanipur Assembly constituency by-election.
However, he secured the eighth position in that poll with just 81 votes, which includes four post-vote votes.