West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee speaking in Ganga Sagar on Wednesday. Photo/ANI
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee speaking in Ganga Sagar on Wednesday. Photo/ANI

Gangasagar not less than Kumbh, but Centre does not give money for it, says Mamata Banerjee

ANI | Updated: Jan 09, 2020 06:47 IST

South 24 Parganas (West Bengal) [India], Jan 9 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused the Centre of not giving any funds for the Gangasagar Mela which is held annually in the Sagar Islands in South 24 Parganas district.
"The Central government gives a lot of money for the Kumbh Mela, but Ganga Sagar Mela is not less than the Kumbh for which the Centre does not give any money. We do not take any money from anyone for the infrastructure and development of Ganga Sagar nor do they give me," Banerjee said on Wednesday.
West Bengal Chief Minister also announced insurance of Rs 5 lakh per person, in case of any incident, for all the pilgrims who will visit the Sagar Islands till January 17.
"My government has done enough for Ganga Sagar. Earlier nothing had been done here," she further stated.
The Gangasagar Mela is held annually at the Sagar Island during the Makar Sankranti festival, thousands of pilgrims come at the spot to take a dip in the holy Ganga river during that time.
The Kumbh Mela, on the other hand, is celebrated in a cycle of approximately 12 years at four river-bank pilgrimage sites in Prayagraj, Haridwar, Nashik, and Ujjain.
The last Kumbh Mela was held in 2019 at Prayagraj. (ANI)

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