Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Wednesday (May 4) said that playing Hanuman Chalisa outside mosques will continue till the time the government acts and address the issue in accordance with the Supreme Court guidelines on loudspeakers.
“As far as I know, there are over 1,140 mosques in Mumbai. Out of these, 135 mosques played azaan at 5am violating the guidelines. We want peace in the state. I want to ask the police you are taking action only against our workers. My point is that all illegal loudspeakers should be removed from mosques, until they are removed we will continue our agitation,” Raj Thackeray said in a press briefing.
The MNS chief further said: “It’s not only about mosques, there are several temples where illegal loudspeakers are running. I have already made it clear that it’s (illegal loudspeakers) not a religious issue but a social issue.”
Maharashtra Home Department earlier today said there are a total of 1,140 mosques, out of which 135 went against the Supreme Court orders and used loudspeakers before 6 am today.
“I have to see what Supreme Court is doing if the government is not following its order,” he added.
Thackeray also said that the MNS leaders would continue to play Hanuman Chalisa outside mosques at the time of Azaan until all illegal loudspeakers are removed.
“It’s not only about mosques, there are several temples where illegal loudspeakers are running. I have already made it clear that it’s (illegal loudspeakers) not a religious issue but a social issue,” Thackeray further said.
Security has been heightened outside the MNS chief residence. Police have also detained around 250-260 MNS activists since early morning in the state.
The loudspeakers row started when the MNS chief on April 12 gave an ultimatum to the Maharashtra government to remove loudspeakers from mosques by May 3, failing which, he warned, MNS workers would play Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers.
A case was filed against Raj Thackeray on Tuesday when he appealed to people to play Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers in the areas where loudspeakers are used for ‘Azaan’ from today. (ANI)