Now or never - yank off mosques' loudspeakers by Wednesday: Raj Thackeray

Aurangabad, May 1 (IANS): Terming loudspeakers on mosques as "a social and not a religious issue", Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray demanded that the Maha Vikas Aghadi must bring down all loudspeakers by his stipulated deadline of May 3.

"It's now or never.... All loudspeakers must be removed after May 3. After (Ramzan) Eid.... From May 4, I will not listen to anybody. All Hindus will blare out Hanuman Chalisa outside mosques at double volume," Raj thundered, at a well-attended rally in the tourist centre of Aurangabad late on Sunday.

Taking the demand on a bigger scale, he urged that loudspeakers must be taken off from all religious places all over the country, even from temples, but only after they are removed from the mosques.

Raj further warned that "if the government fails to heed his ultimatum by May 3", then he would not be responsible for the consequences, adding that he was neither interested nor keen to have disturbances in the state.

Reiterating that loudspeakers were a "social" and not a "religious" matter, he made it clear that if Muslims try to make it a 'religious' issue, then Hindus would also reply to it with religion.

"I request the police personnel here.... Go and start removing those loudspeakers right now.... This is not a new issue, it was always there, but I am giving the solutions.... It's now or never," he declared amid intermittent rounds of applause.

Claiming that all loudspeakers in the state are illegal, he asked if Uttar Pradesh could bring them down, then why not Maharashtra.

He again slammed Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar for starting casteist politics in Maharashtra which has done huge harm and has now percolated even to educational institutions where students first think of their caste before making friends.

"Pawar regularly invoked Shahu-Ambedkar-Phule, but never Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.... After I raised the issue, he started doing it and speaks of the Maratha King.... He is an atheist as per his own daughter (Baramati MP Supriya Sule)'s statement in the parliament.... After I pointed it out, photos of the family doing prayers are now going viral," Raj claimed.

The MNS chief said he held just two rallies in Mumbai and Thane last month and "look how they are blabbering", and announced that in the coming days, he would hold rallies in each of the (36) districts in the state.



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  • Indian, Sharjah

    Mon, May 02 2022

    Don't use loud speakers in your political rallies too.

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  • Anil, MP

    Mon, May 02 2022

    NO MUSIC SHOULD BE ALLOWED STRICTLY FROM 10 PM TO 6 PM..... To be frank.. Anybody shouldn't distrub others sleep just for sake of call to prayer... Those who want to pray they have Alarm at home... No need to shout early in the morning... In this I support being a critic of RSS to Raj Thackeray...

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  • shaji, calicut

    Mon, May 02 2022

    I think you have no objections for loud voice of music + DJ and your objection is only for Adaaan. This shgows how communal you are. YOu will agree to hear hanuman chalisa+ filmy songs in a big volume for hours but not able to listen to adaan in a low voice not more than 5 minutes. I am sure yuou are giving this type of illogic + unconstitutional statement opnly to get seat in next election as you know bjp is looking for such idiots who make statements to disturb communa l harmony and create problem. Raj Thackry know that he can get more seats only by way of disturbing communal harmony in the state by goondaism. I ask MH Govt to book Raj thackray for his illogic statement whic h may lead to c ommuinal disturbance in the state. Such communal hatred people should be arrested and not allowed to make any statement.

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  • Alwin, Mangaluru

    Mon, May 02 2022

    Paper tiger

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Mon, May 02 2022

    Should be applicable to all Religions ...

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  • Moshu, Mangaluru

    Mon, May 02 2022

    'ಅದೇ ರಾಗ ಅದೇ ಹಾಡು'

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Mon, May 02 2022

    Obviously he did not used loudspeakers at his well-attended rally. Or, did he?

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  • Rita, Germany

    Mon, May 02 2022

    Yes he has right .Please bring them down and peace will be there.(Hope) Both sides and eveyone must do.

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  • Sma, Bengaluru

    Mon, May 02 2022

    Still there are some disagrees to your opinion What do you say now All the loudspeakers and processions should be banned FOR ALL

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