Aurangabad: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray will be holding a mega rally at mega rally in Aurangabad’s Marathwada Sanskrutik Mandal. The rally is scheduled to be held around 9 PM on May 1. May 1 is observed as Maharashtra Day.
The MNS chief last month tried to corner the Sena-NCP-Congress government in Maharashtra. He demanded removal of loudspeakers from Mosques. He threatened to play the ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ in front of mosques at a louder volume if the demand was not met.
To celebrate state’s 62nd Foundation Day, many political parties are organising many events across the state.
The leader of opposition Devendra Fadnavis is scheduled to hold a ‘Booster Dose’ rally at Somaiya ground in Mumbai. The event is seen as the launch of the campaign for upcoming elections to civic bodies.
Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi chief Prakash Ambedkar, has announced peace marches across the state. He wants to “protest attempts to communalise the atmosphere in the state.” A number of personalities from Marathi literature, theatre and social circles are expected to participate in marches.
The MNS chief in Aurangabad comes after two speeches he made earlier this month. In The speech he is strongly opposing use of loudspeakers for Azaan.
The Shiv Sena has already said it can give a befitting reply to any kind of aggression. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray recently held a meeting with party spokesperson. Sena MP Sanjay Raut alleged that the BJP uses AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi to split Muslim votes. He said that now some “Hindu Owaisis” have been created to attack “Shiv Sena’s Hindutva”.
Sachin Ahir, party spokesperson said, “The Sena always has the capacity to give a tit-for-tat kind of response to any aggression. He (Uddhav Thackeray) made it very clear to us in today’s meeting.”
Uddhav asked party workers to expose BJP’s “hollow Hindutva.” He also asked to counter its narrative with the Sena’s performance.
Section 144 of CrPC in the district has been imposed by police. This comes amid the raging loudspeaker controversy in Maharashtra. Restrictions will remain in force in the district till May 9.
According to reports, the police have imposed some restrictions on the MNS chief’s ability to hold the demonstration. During or after the meeting, Raj Thackeray has been ordered to refrain from utilising abusive slogans, religious, casteist, or regional remarks. The rally will be limited to only 15,000 individuals.