Jalpaiguri flash flood: Durga Puja carnival should have been called off, says Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the Durga Puja carnival should have been called off in the aftermath of flash floods in Jalpaiguri on October 5.

Kolkata,UPDATED: Oct 8, 2022 01:23 IST

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said all carnivals should have been cancelled following the Jalpaiguri flash flood incident. (Photo: PTI)

By Anupam Mishra: Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has said that Durga Puja carnival in West Bengal should have been cancelled following the flash flood incident in Jalpaiguri that claimed the lives of eight devotees.

Addressing a presser in Murshidabad, Adhir Ranjan blamed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for using the carnival as a political tool and said the chief minister does not know the meaning of a carnival.

“All carnivals in the state should have been called off after the Jalpaiguri tragedy,” he added.

READ |8 dead, several missing in flash flood during idol immersion in Bengal’s Jalpaiguri

Scores of devotees were swept away by a flash flood during Durga Puja idol immersion at Mal river in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri on October 5. The Mal river originates in the hills and the water accumulated in the higher reaches, owing to the heavy rain. This triggered the flash floods.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced ex-gratia of Rs two lakh each for the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the incident. Each of them also announced Rs 50,000 to the injured. Around 450 people were rescued from the Mal river following the flash flood.

The Durga Puja carnival involves display of Kolkata’s top pandal themes before idol immersion. The carnival will be held tomorrow after a gap of two years and almost 100 puja committees will showcase idols.

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