Maharashtra: Loudspeakers to be allowed only with due permission at religious places


Following the loudspeaker row, Maharashtra Home Department on Monday announced that the loudspeakers could be used at the religious places with the due permission only. This comes a day after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray reiterated his warning to take down loudspeakers from the mosques by May 3. 

As per the news agency ANI, State Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil is going to hold a meeting with the Director General of Police (DGP) Maharashtra in connection with the loudspeaker row where he will instruct the later on handling of the issue. 

Meanwhile, Thackeray on Sunday said the Muslims in the country should understand that “religion is not above law and country” while also asking them to take down loudspeakers from mosques.

He 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”.

“I only have to say to the Hindus across India to wait till May 3. And after that, play Hanuman Chalisa in front of all such mosques that don’t take down the loudspeakers,” he said.

(With inputs from ANI)


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