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Ajit Pawar vs Raj Thackeray On Loudspeakers With ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ At Mosques

“What are we going to achieve?” Ajit Pawar requested Raj Thackeray over loudspeakers at Mosques


Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has attacked MNS chief Raj Thackeray over the latter’s demand for elimination of loudspeakers from mosques, saying the state can not afford the alleged divisive name given “to please someone eyeing polls”.

Without naming Raj Thackeray, Mr Pawar requested what the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief was going to realize by making such statements and whether or not “provoking” folks will remedy the difficulty of their livelihood.

“The Maharashtra of Shahu, Phule, Ambedkar cannot afford the speeches made to please someone keeping eye on elections,” Mr Pawar stated at an occasion in Shirdi in Ahmednagar district on Wednesday.

He stated that Maharashtra has ensured communal concord for years, however “leaders of some parties” have of late been speaking about putting in loudspeakers “here and there”.

“Some people are trying to create confusion in the society. We have been living in harmony for years now. We have been able to keep the communal harmony intact in the society by not allowing any rift in communities and religions. But leaders of some parties are making a pitch for installing counter- loudspeakers (to play Hanuman chalisa),” the senior NCP chief stated.

Taunting Raj Thackeray, Mr Pawar stated it’s simple to ship speeches, and added that MNS functionaries themselves have questioned the celebration chief’s comment as they need to face the folks and get elected once more.

“Why this division? What are we going to achieve out of this?” he requested.

Mr Pawar additional stated time has come to introspect the place such statements would lead Maharashtra and the nation to.

“Aren’t there other issues? Will the issue of people’s bread and butter be solved by provoking them? Will the youths, who lost their jobs during COVID-19 pandemic, get their jobs back?” he requested.

The MNS president had final Saturday made a robust pitch for eradicating high-decibel loudspeakers from mosques.

Addressing a rally at Shivaji Park, Raj Thackeray had additionally stated if such a step was not taken, loudspeakers can be put in outdoors mosques to play ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ at greater quantity.

The BJP had reportedly endorsed Raj Thackeray’s demand, based on information company PTI.

Vasant More, a former MNS corporator in Pune, who’s the celebration’s metropolis unit president, had stated it’s tough to behave on Thackeray’s directive about loudspeakers.

“As a city unit president, I certainly have to accept the stand of party chief Rajsaheb Thackeray, but I think as a people’s representative (corporator ), the issue (to implement Thackeray’s diktat ) can be inconvenient for me in my ward. A people’s representative has to take an inclusive approach,” Mr More had stated.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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