Mumbai: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, in an apparent reference to MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s speeches, on Sunday said, “Theatres and cinema halls were shut due to pandemic. So, if one is getting entertained for free, why shouldn’t he/she enjoy it?”
“…In the last two years, theatres and cinema halls were shut due to the pandemic. So, if one is getting entertained for free, why shouldn’t he/she enjoy it?” Uddhav Thackeray quipped, apparently referring to the speeches made by Raj Thackeray, who is scheduled to address a public rally in Aurangabad Sunday evening.
The chief minister further said a consumer returns a product if he/she does not like it in the era of marketing.
Attacking on Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president and his cousin Raj Thackeray, the chief minister said he does not pay attention to “new players” of Hindutva. Without naming the MNS, he also said that the party is conducting experiments to see whether a cause is working or not.
Chief Minister said, “I don’t pay attention to such players. People have experienced what game these players play and on what basis they play. Sometimes they play the game of Marathi, sometimes of Hindutva…the people of Maharashtra have seen such games.”
In the past, the MNS had raised the issue of Marathi people, while recently it has taken a pro-Hindutva stand. In his rally held last month, Raj Thackeray had given an ultimatum to the state government to remove loudspeakers from mosques by May 3, failing which Hanuman Chalisa would be played in large quantities outside these religious places.
Similarly, the party is making experiments to see if a cause is working for it or not, he said without naming the MNS.
The Shiv Sena is a “Hindutvawadi” party, he added.
He said the Supreme Court’s order on noise pollution is meant for the entire country and the Centre should issue an order to implement the same.
The chief minister said he had not read the apex court’s order, but tried to understand it. He added that from what he understood, the order does not talk about removing only certain loudspeakers.
“People from all religions will have to follow this,” he added.
Thackeray also accused the BJP of playing vendetta politics in Maharashtra. The chief minister did not specify his comment, but it is believed he was referring to the actions taken by central agencies against the leaders of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in the state