Maha HM Dilip Walse appeals Hindu, Muslims to maintain peace ahead of MNS mega rally


Ahead of the mega rally of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, state Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil appealed the Hindu and Muslim communities to maintain peace.  The minister informed that the state police has been asked to stay alert.

Walse said, “Permission for the rally has been given with certain terms and conditions and we expect those conditions to be followed. I want to appeal to Hindu and Muslim communities to maintain peace.”

MNS chief Raj Thackeray will hold a mega rally in Aurangabad today (May 1). The MNS chief will talk about the loudspeaker row that has been in focus since Thackeray warned about removing the device (loudspeakers) from the religious places, specially from mosques till 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.”

Following which, the state government mandated permission to install loudspeaker before May 3.  

Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court charged a fine of Rs 1 lakh on the petitioner who sought prohibition on the rally of Thackeray, reported TOI.  

It should be noted that the rally is being held amid the imposition of Section 144 in the city. The imposition will continue till May 9.


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