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Will Play Hanuman Chalisa Twice Loudly If Loudspeakers Not Removed: MNS chief

Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray while addressing a rally in Aurangabad on Sunday said all loudspeakers at mosques in the state must be removed by May 4.

He said if it doesn’t happen, the Hanuman Chalisa will be played twice loudly. He added that it’s a social issue not religious.

Addressing a gathering at Aurangabad’s Cultural Mandal Ground, where a huge crowd had gathered, the MNS chief said, “Today is the first day of Maharashtra (Maharashtra Day). I will not listen from the fourth day onwards. Wherever we will see a loudspeaker, we will also chant Hanuman Chalisa in front of the loudspeaker in double volume.”

Thackeray further said that loudspeaker is not a religious issue but it is a national issue and warned that if they do not stop, we will also take a stand.

“It is not a religious issue. It is a national issue but if you stop us, we will also take a stand. All loudspeakers are not under the speaker law and it is illegal. The Supreme Court had already said that it is illegal. Yes, it was not about Sambhajinagar (Aurangabad), it was a country issue. When we take the sabha they say it was an education area, a temple zone you can’t take sabha, but for them, there is an objection. Who gave you rights?” asked the MNS chief.

Justifying his point that loudspeaker is not a religious issue, it was a national issue, he said, “A journalist asked me why do you take a stand on loudspeakers today. I said we chant Hanuman Chalisa and Muslims should listen. A Nashik journalist told me that he is a Muslim and that he also has a problem with loudspeakers. His children can’t sleep.”

He further requested the state police to stop the use of loudspeakers and if the loudspeakers are not removed, “we will not sit silent”.

He also announced that he would hold more rallies in Marathwada, Vidarbha and other cities. “I will hold rallies in all cities of Vidarbha, Konkan, West Maharashtra, East Maharashtra,” he said.

The loudspeakers row started when the MNS chief on April 12, when gave an ultimatum to the Maharashtra government seeking the removal of loudspeakers from mosques within May 3, failing which, he warned, MNS workers will play Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers.

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