'Grateful to Yogi govt for removing loudspeakers specially from masjids': MNS chief Raj Thackrey


Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday congratulated Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for removing loudspeakers from the religious places ‘specially the masjids (Mosque)’. 

Thackrey tweeted a post saying, “I wholeheartedly congratulate and stand grateful to the Yogi Government for having removed the loudspeakers from religious places, specially the masjids.”

The MNS chief added that it was unfortunate that Maharashtra does not have leaders like Yogi Adityanath. He said, “Unfortunately in Maharashtra we don’t have any ‘yogis’; what we have are ‘bhogis’ (hedonists).

Earlier, MNS chief warned the Muslims to remove loudspeakers from mosques by May 3. Following which, the state government mandated permission to install loudspeaker before May 3.  

He had said, “We don’t want riots in Maharashtra. No one has opposed the offering of prayers. We want the loudspeakers that are put up in the mosques and are illegal in the entire country should be taken down. If you do it on loudspeaker, then we will also use loudspeakers for it. Muslims should understand that religion isn’t bigger than the law. After May 3, I will see what to do.” 

The MNS chief asked the Hindus to “wait till May 3” and play Hanuman Chalisa thereafter in front of the mosques that “don’t take down the loudspeakers”.

A day earlier, the Uttar Pradesh government removed nearly 11,000 loudspeakers from the religious places. Meanwhile, the volume of 35,221 loudspeakers was lowered as per the parameters till 4.00. 

The home department of the state removed loudspeakers from eight zones of the state, including Agra, Meerut, Bareilly, Lucknow, Kanpur, Prayagraj, Gorakhpur, Varanasi and four commissionerates — Lucknow, Kanpur, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Varanasi.

On Wednesday, the home department asked the police to remove the loudspeakers and those flouting the noise limit standards at religious places across the state. The order to remove loudspeakers from religious places in the state was issued on April 24. A compliance report from the districts in this regard has been sought by April 30.


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