Will show you Maharashtra’s strength after May 4, says Raj Thackeray as loudspeaker deadline nears

At a rally in Aurangabad in Maharashtra on Sunday, MNS chief Raj Thackeray said that if loudspeakers are not removed from mosques by May 4, he would ensure that the Hanuman Chalisa is played outside the establishments at ‘double power’.

Addressing a massive rally in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad on Sunday, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray said that all loudspeakers at mosques in Maharashtra must be removed by May 4. If not, the Hanuman Chalisa will be played at ‘double power’ in front of mosques, he threatened.

His ultimatum was greeted with cheers from the crowd that had gathered for his rally.

Raj Thackeray said, “Eid is on May 3. I don’t want to spoil the festivities. But we will not listen after May 4. We will play Hanuman Chalisa with double power if our demands are not met. If you don’t understand our request, we will deal with it our way. I am not going to keep quiet from May 4. If loudspeakers are not removed by then, let me show you the strength of Maharashtra.”

We are not responsible for what will happen in Maharashtra if our demands are not addressed. I’m repeating that this is not a religious subject but a social issue. But if you make it a religious issue, we will reply in the same manner,” he added.

Thackeray said he has “no interest in inciting riots” in Maharashtra. “But loudspeakers are disturbing public life. A Muslim journalist in Nashik told me his child suffered due to loudspeakers in mosques. If Uttar Pradesh can remove loudspeakers, why not Maharashtra? All are illegal,” he said.

He added that he wanted loudspeakers removed from all religious places, but only after they are taken down at mosques.

Attacking Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, he said, “Sharad Pawar has alleged that my speeches are dividing society. I wish to tell Pawar that he is responsible for caste divide.”

He added, “Sharad Pawar divided Maharashtra along caste lines over a book written by James Lane about Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He said the British writer wrote false and derogatory things about Shivaji Maharaj based on information provided by Shiv Shahir Babasaheb Purandare, a Brahmin.”

“But in India Today’s interview with James Lane, he said Babasaheb Puranadare did not provide him with any information and he never talked to him,” he added.

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