MNS chief Raj Thackeray has been incessantly raising the issue of azaan over loudspeakers from mosques and namaz on roads. He, and his supporters, have been criticising the Maharashtra government for not taking action on this matter.
Notably, MNS chief Raj Thackeray has been targeting the Shiv Sena-led state government and has given a call for “silencing” loudspeakers atop mosques.
An old video of Balasaheb Thackeray was released by MNS regarding the azaan and namaz row. Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut hit back and said, “We have not stooped that low.” We still run on his principles. Balasaheb had taken a stand on the loudspeakers and offered namaz on the road. He stopped it after coming to power. No one should teach Hindutva to the Shiv Sena.
The Shiv Sena’s chief spokesperson, without naming Raj Thackeray, said the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government (comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress) was running as per law and not on anyone’s ultimatum.
Sanjay Raut further added, “There is no violation of loudspeaker (guidelines) in Maharashtra. The state is working according to the guidelines on loudspeakers laid down by the Supreme Court. If anyone is violating the law, then the government is capable of (tackling) it.
Mosques have permission
The Sena leader Raut said all mosques have taken permission for the use of loudspeakers, “the Rajya Sabha member said.
His remarks came after the MNS chief on Wednesday tweeted an old video of late Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray, in which the latter was seen saying that the day his party comes to power, offering namaz on roads will be stopped and loudspeakers from mosques will be removed.
Maharashtra has a Thackeray government. Even if the state has a Maha Vikas Aghadi government, it is helmed by Uddhav Thackeray. He is the Sena chief and the son of Hinduhriday Samrat Bal Thackeray. So, he doesn’t have to take advice on praying on roads during namaz and illegal loudspeakers on masjids, “Raut said.
Asked about MNS workers playing the Hanuman Chalisa near some mosques, he said, “I have not seen any agitation. If there are no unauthorised loudspeakers, then you have to decide whether you are staging a protest or doing an illegal act. “