Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Shiv Sena calls meet on loudspeakers: But Uddhav Thackeray is missing!

The Maharashtra BJP leaders today decided to skip the all-party meeting called by the Shiv Sena-led state government amid the growing tensions between the two parties.

The meeting, which was chaired by Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, held discussions on the ongoing row over the recitation of Hanuman Chalisa and the use of loudspeakers at religious sites in the state.

After the meeting, Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray said that it was decided that a delegation will meet the representatives of the central government and discuss the issue.

Addressing a press conference along with Aaditya Thackeray, Patil urged the centre to come up with a law that will be applicable across the country.

“If the centre makes a national-level rule over loudspeakers, issues won’t come up in the states,” he said.

Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis alleged that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was behind the arrest of Independent MP Navneet Rana and her MLA husband Ravi Rana in connection with their announcement to recite Hanuman Chalisa outside his residence.

Mr Fadnavis also blamed the Chief Minister for the attack on BJP leader Kirit Somaiya outside Khar police station on April 23.

“If someone has taken the role of Hitler, we felt it’s better to fight instead of communicating,” he said.

Hitting out at Thackeray, Fadnavis said what was the use of an all-party meeting when the Chief Minister himself did not attend it.

“Whatever is happening in Mumbai is happening at the behest of the Chief Minister. In such a situation, if the Chief Minister himself is not present in today’s meeting, then what is the use of it?” he said.

Besides the BJP,  Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray also skipped the meeting.

MNS Chief Raj Thackeray had made a strong pitch for removing loudspeakers from mosques earlier this month. Thackeray had said that if the state government did not remove the high-decibel loudspeakers from mosques before May 3, MNS workers will play the Hanuman Chalisa in front of mosques.

Over the last few days, political temperatures in the state have heated up sparked by Thackeray’s remarks.

On Sunday, the Maharashtra Home Minister alleged that efforts were on by some people to create an atmosphere conducive for the imposition of President’s Rule in the state.

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut also had recently alleged that the BJP was behind the demands for removing loudspeakers from mosques and reciting Hanuman Chalisa.

He said that intelligence inputs suggest that a conspiracy is underway to create communal tension in Maharashtra and recommend President’s Rule, dismissing the tripartite Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government. 

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