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Raj Thackeray carried out his challenge, played Hanuman Chalisa outside Mosque

 Raj Thackeray, sticking to his words, played Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers outside Mosque today at different places in Mumbai. It was played during the early morning azaan call at 5 am outside different mosques in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. Videos of the event are making rounds on social media. Following this event, three workers of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) have been arrested. 

 On May 1, while addressing a mega rally in Aurangabad in Maharashtra, the MNS Chief asked people to play Hanuman Chalisa outside Mosque from May 4 if the loudspeakers were not removed. On May 3, he reiterated his call and appealed to people to play Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers in the areas where azaan is heard on May 4. He said that he had already conveyed to the government to remove the loudspeakers by May 4. However, the government is not taking any action on this issue. He also said that in India, many are giving references to the Supreme Court order. Due to the loudspeakers being used under the name of religion, people are getting disturbed, and keeping this issue in mind, the Supreme Court has taken a decision.

 He further said that the loudspeakers are unauthorized. Many of the masjids too are unauthorized. He asked how is it possible that the government has given authorized permission to unauthorized Masjids to use loudspeakers? And if masjids are getting permission, then Hindu temples should also be permitted to play the loudspeakers.

 Mumbai police have served notice to Thackeray under Section 149 of the Code of Criminal Procedure as a precautionary measure to prevent cognizable offences. The police have booked Raj Thackeray along with rally organizers under various IPC sections including 153. A report states that Thackeray has lined up 2,000 lawyers to fight legal cases if MNS workers are booked.

 Though he gave an ultimatum on May 3, he urged his workers not to perform Maha aarti on the same day so as not to create any hindrance on the occasion of Eid. On May 2 Thackeray tweeted “We don’t have to bring any obstacles to anyone’s festivities. The issue of loudspeakers is not a religious matter, but it’s a social issue. What we have to do about it will be decided in future. I will put forth my views about this through a tweet tomorrow. Only this much for now”. 

 Amid this raging controversy, Thackeray shared a video of a speech delivered by the founder of Shiv Sena, Bal Thackeray, years ago. In the video, the Shiv Sena founder is heard saying in Marathi “The day my government will come into power in Maharashtra, namaz will stop playing on roads. Religion should not interfere in the way of development. If any Hindu rituals are coming in the way of developments, we will look into that as well. Loudspeakers at the mosque will be removed,” the Shiv Sena founder said in Marathi.


By TIS Staffer
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