Maharashtra loudspeaker row: ' was a one-day nautanki," Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut slams Raj Thackeray


Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday claimed there are no illegal loudspeakers in the state while the situation is calm. He said Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray was creating a ‘nautanki’ (drama) over the issue.

“There are no illegal loudspeakers in Maharashtra. There is complete peace in the state… it was a one-day nautanki,” Raut said adding ‘Raat gayi, baat gayi’.

Earlier today, Thackeray on Wednesday shared a video of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray where he can be heard speaking against the use of loudspeakers and Muslims offering prayers on the roads. In the video, the Shiv Sena found asserted that the party will not rest until it stop people from praying on the roads if voted to power. 

“We (Shiv Sena) will not stop until we are successful in preventing the people from offering namaz on roads when we will form the government in Maharashtra,” said Bal Thackeray in the video posted on Twitter handle of by the MNS chief. 

Meanwhile, Raut retaliated against senior BJP leader and former Rajya Sabha MP Amar Shankar Sable’s remarks that Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was sitting in the lap of Congress and disrespecting Bal Thackeray. 

“Bal Thackeray is revered for us, be it yesterday, today and in the future. The entire country knows the relationship between Balasaheb Thackeray and the BJP. So, there is no explanation needed to tell us about this. Uddhav Thackeray is sitting in the lap of Congress and disrespecting Balasaheb. Do not try to teach Hindutva to BJP. Hinduism is our way of life, it is not our political subject,” Sable had said.

Reacting to which, Raut said, “Bal Thackeray and Veer Savarkar are the ones who taught Hindutva to the country. Shiv Sena’s school of Hindutva is original.”

Earlier on Sunday, Uddhav Thackeray said that the BJP had often cheated Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray in the past on the pretext of an alliance for Hindutva and added that he is not so “gullible” as his father.

The loudspeakers row started when the MNS chief Raj Thackeray on April 12 gave an ultimatum to the Maharashtra government to remove loudspeakers from mosques by May 3, failing which, he warned, MNS workers will play Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers. 

(With inputs from ANI)


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