Mumbai, 2nd May 2022: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray, in his tweet on Monday, appealed to party workers not to recite the ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ announced on May 3, so that no social tension is created during the festival of Eid.
On this matter, Raj Thackeray tweeted, “Eid is being celebrated tomorrow. The Muslim community should also celebrate their festivities without any hindrances. I have already mentioned this in my Sambhajinagar rally. I appeal to my ‘Maharashtra Sainiks’- not to perform ‘Maha aartis’ on the auspicious occasion of Akshaya Tritiya which will also be celebrated tomorrow.”
He added, “We do not intend to cause any hindrances or obstacles to any religion during their festivities. The loudspeaker issue is NOT A RELIGIOUS ONE; IT IS A SOCIAL ISSUE with related INCONVENIENCE. Regarding the loudspeaker issue, I will further notify what we intend to do, via my social media.”
Significantly, on Sunday in Aurangabad, Raj Thackeray had said that from May 4, he should not hear the sound of loudspeakers from mosques. Otherwise Hanuman Chalisa will be read in double voice in front of mosques. He questioned at a rally in Aurangabad that if loudspeakers can be removed from religious places in Uttar Pradesh, then why not in Maharashtra.
Raj Thackeray said, “I have no intention of rioting or disturbing peace in Maharashtra. I have said before and am saying again that loudspeaker is a social issue and not a religious one. If loudspeakers are played in mosques, then there will definitely be Hanuman Chalisa.”
Raj Thackeray said that there are 600 mosques in Sambhaji Nagar, (Aurangabad is called by the Thackeray family as Sambhaji Nagar). “All the loudspeakers on them are illegal. How many of these have taken permission? These loudspeakers should come down not only in Sambhaji Nagar but all over the country.”