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Mamata allows religious programmes ahead of Eid, permits gathering of 50

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday allowed religious and cultural programmes ahead of the upcoming festival of Eid with a cap of 50 people in the gathering. However, Eid prayers and gathering at Red Road in Kolkata will not be held this year too amid the surge in coronavirus cases.

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“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.

She also 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.

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

Registering a big win in the state, Trinamool Congress won 213 seats in the recently concluded West Bengal Assembly elections, while the rival Bharatiya Janata Party managed to secure only 77 seats in the 294-seat state Assembly.

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