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Unity displayed across Bengal during Durga Puja highly appreciable: Mamata

Siliguri, Oct 21 (UNI) Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was today highly appreciative of the unity and festive spirit displayed during Durga Puja celebrations across the length and breadth of Bengal.
Addressing police officials at a Bijaya Sammilani programme held at Siliguri Police Line, she extended her greetings to all present and their families.
She appreciated the unity and festive spirit displayed during Durga Puja celebrations across the length and breadth of Bengal.
She said when eight to ten crore people were on the streets visiting Durga Puja pandals, night after night, she was busy ensuring that no untoward incident took place.
She kept a track of all the clubs that organised the pujas.
Since Kali Puja is on a Sunday, and Chhath Pujo on November 2, Ms Banerjee said she had given additional state holidays during that week.
Pubali, Rajbanshi, Kamtapuri, Gurumukhi, Hindi and Urdu have been given the status of official language, she added.
North Bengal has seen a lot of development, she said, mentioning the airports at Balurghat and Cooch Behar, the Jalpaiguri Circuit Bench, and the highway connecting the districts of Siliguri, Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar to Nepal and Bhutan.
Regarding NRC, she assured everyone that no such thing would be introduced in Bengal. “I would ensure that,” she said.
Ms Banerjee highlighted the religious and cultural diversity of Bengal.
" Be it Kazi Nazrul Islam or Rabindranath Tagore or Panchanan Barma, Swami Vivekananda, Sri Ramakrishna, Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar or Raja Rammohan Roy, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose or Birsa Munda, Matangini Hazra or Pritilata Wadedar – Bengal has always been the land of glorious traditions and path-breaking action, " she stated.
She said the Central Government was busy playing the game of dividing people on communal lines, which goes against the spirit of India. This was apparent even for the NRC implemented in Assam.
The Chief Minister said, " The country’s economy was in, and contrasted it with the comparatively better state of things in Bengal. While there was over 45 per cent unemployment in the whole country, in Bengal there has been an increase in employment by 40 per cent. Several other indicators showed that the State was performing better than others. "
She said, " Someone had mockingly said Bengal could no longer produce scientists and yet, just three days later, the Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to a son of the State. "
She concluded by saying that Bengal would one day show the world the way towards progress.
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