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BJP behind loudspeaker row, using Raj Thackeray to create fissures among Hindus: Sanjay Raut

Says no one should teach Hindutva to his party

PTI11_21_2019_000111B Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut | PTI

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, on Wednesday, alleged that the BJP is using MNS chief Raj Thackeray to create fissures among Hindus in Maharashtra.

Raj Thackeray has been targeting the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra and had given a call for "silencing" loudspeakers atop mosques. On Wednesday, he tweeted an old video of late Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray, in which the latter was seen saying the day his party comes to power, offering namaz on roads will be stopped and loudspeakers from mosques will be removed.

Raut claimed that the saffron party is behind the loudspeaker row in Maharashtra.

"It is just not about loudspeakers in mosques, in Maharashtra, 'aartis' are being conducted early morning and people often hear them through loudspeakers as not all of them can enter temple premises, but that can't happen today, which is unfortunate," the Sena MP said, reports ANI.

Referring to the MNS chief citing the Supreme Court order that said loudspeakers cannot be used from 10pm to 6am, Raut said the apex court's decision is same for all. "Now, our temples also have to bear the brunt of it. It is a black day for us Hindus that people couldn't hear aartis because of BJP's politics in cahoots with Raj Thackeray."

Earlier in the day, Raut said no one should teach Hindutva to his party. He asked people people not take cognisance of people who, with the support of pseudo Hindutvawadis, conspire against the Shiv Sena.

"The situation has not reached a level where an agitation (on the loudspeaker issue) is needed in Mumbai or Maharashtra. All mosques have taken permission for the use of loudspeakers, the Rajya Sabha member said.

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