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MNS chief Raj Thackeray says no ‘Maha Aarti’ on Eid, loudspeakers are a social concern

By Priyanka Verma 
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Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Monday, May 2, appealed to his party workers to not perform the announced ‘Maha Aarti’ on the occasion of ‘Akshay Tritiya’ on May 3 as he doesn’t want to create any obstacle for Muslims during the Eid festival. He reiterated that his campaign against loudspeakers was a social issue and he would disclose his future plans through Twitter on Tuesday.

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He tweeted, “Tomorrow is Eid. I have already spoken about it. This festival of the Muslim community should be celebrated with joy. According to what was decided earlier, do not perform aarti on the day of this festival. The issue of loudspeakers is not religious but social.”

He added, “Will tell you the next step tomorrow via a tweet. For now, that’s all.”

This comes after he said at a massive rally in Aurangabad on Sunday that if loudspeakers are not removed from mosques in Maharashtra after Eid, he would ensure that the Hanuman Chalisa was played ‘at double power’ outside Muslim religious sites.

“Eid is on May 3. I don’t want to spoil the festivities. But we will not listen after May 4. We will play Hanuman Chalisa with double power if our demands are not met. If you don’t understand our request, we will deal with it our way. I am not going to keep quiet from May 4. If loudspeakers are not removed by then, let me show you the strength of Maharashtra,” he had said.

The MNS chief termed the use of loudspeakers in mosques as “a social and not a religious issue” and exhorted that he was firm on the May 3 deadline for their removal. Thackeray said loudspeaker is not a religious issue but it is a national issue and warned that if they don’t stop, then we will also take a stand.

Raj Thackeray said he has “no interest in inciting riots” in Maharashtra. “But loudspeakers are disturbing public life. A Muslim journalist in Nashik told me his child suffered due to loudspeakers in mosques. If Uttar Pradesh can remove loudspeakers, why not Maharashtra? All are illegal,” he said.

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