India’s far-right leader wants mosque loudspeakers removed after Eid

According to him, loudspeakers in mosques are a community problem.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, NEW DELHI — Political Party Leader right wing indian Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Raj Thackeray reiterated his demand to remove loudspeakers from mosques, Tuesday (12/4). Thackeray wants mosque speakers removed after Eid.

reported from The Hindu Wednesday (13/4/2022), Thackeray wanted the state government to hold talks with the maulavis of the mosque until Eid on May 3 to ensure the loudspeakers are removed. He also called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to adopt the Uniform Civil Code and act to control population growth.

“The month of Ramadan is underway and Eid is May 3. Today is April 12 and I want the state government to summon Maulavis from all mosques in Maharashtra and ensure that the loudspeakers are taken down on Eid day otherwise we will start playing Hanuman Chalisa in front of every mosque,” ​​he said during a public address in neighboring Thane.

Responding to criticism of her Bharatiya Janata Party singing, Thackeray said she speaks what she wants and targets whoever is at fault. “They (his opponents) said that I was against Narendra Modi and I am now singing the BJP song. I want to remind everyone that I am the first to congratulate Narendra Modi for abolishing Article 370. I am the first to sue Modi as Prime Minister of the country. Now I want Narendra Modi to bring the Civil Code Uniform and measures to control the country’s population growth,” he said.

Thackeray at a rally at Gudi Padwa in Shivaji Park in Mumbai on April 2 sparked controversy after he asked his party workers to play Hanuman Chalisa outside the mosque if the call to prayer continues through loudspeakers . After that, he decided to hold another rally to respond to all criticism of his warning.

“This is not a community issue, it is a social issue. Why should we listen to other people’s prayers? Why should they be allowed to block the road? Today I want to say to all Hindus in the country to come forward and start playing Hanuman Chalisa in front of the mosque after Eid if the loudspeakers are not removed,” he said.

Thackeray, respondent for National Congress Party (NCP) leader and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, said he has been talking about loudspeakers in mosques for years and will continue to do so today . “Let me repeat it. We will not back down on the issue of loudspeakers in mosques,” he said.

Targeting NCP leader Sharad Pawar claiming he was promoting caste politics in Maharashtra, Thackeray claimed NCP leaders had no right to blame him for changing his political stance.

“It was Sharad Pawar who quit Congress due to Sonia Gandhi’s foreign background and then decided to join the state government of Maharashtra, a few months later,” he said.


https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/raj-thackeray-wants-loudspeakers-on-mosques-removed-post-eid/article65315551.ece

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