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‘Will play Hanuman Chalisa outside mosques’: Raj Thackeray speaks against prayers on loudspeakers.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray has given a big statement a day before the start of Ramzan. MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Saturday demanded that loudspeakers in mosques should be switched off. At a rally at Shivaji Park here, Thackeray asked why loudspeakers are played in mosques at such a high pitch. If this is not stopped, Hanuman Chalisa will be played in louder voice on the speaker outside the mosques. He said that I am not against prayer or any particular religion. i am proud of my religion.

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief also attacked NCP chief Sharad Pawar and accused him of “raising the issue of caste from time to time and dividing the society”. Thackeray also took a dig at Maharashtra Chief Minister and his cousin Uddhav Thackeray, whose party Shiv Sena parted ways with the BJP over the chief minister’s post in 2019. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah were saying that Devendra Fadnavis is going to become the next Chief Minister.

Raj Thackeray said that Uddhav Thackeray was present on the stage but he never mentioned the seat-sharing formula. Uddhav raised it only when he realized that BJP cannot form government without his help (after 2019 elections). The MNS leader alleged that the three parties in the government (Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress) have “ignored” the mandate of the people.

By line: Divya Thearia

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