“Follow Any Religion But Respect Every Religion”: Nitish Kumar’s Jibe At BJP On Loudspeaker Row

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar took a jibe at the BJP over the ongoing loudspeaker controversy. He said that there should be mutual respect despite one’s religion.

He attended a special prayer on the occasion of Eid. Speaking after attending the special prayer Nitish Kumar said, “There should be mutual respect for each other in the country despite someone belonging to another religion.”

“One may follow any religion but everyone should respect each other’s religion,” he added.

The Bihar Chief Minister further added that in the country there are many people who have a certain belief. People act according to their beliefs and that should be respected.

Earlier too Nitish Kumar had reacted to loudspeaker controversy. He termed the ongoing debate on whether to ban loudspeakers at mosques as useless. He reiterated his stand and rejected on April 30, a demand from a section of BJP lawmakers and ministers in his government to ban loudspeakers at religious places in the state. He was more categorical this time after he dismissed the demand on April 29 evening when asked about it at an iftar hosted by former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi.

“Let us not talk about this nonsense. In Bihar, we do not interfere in religious practices of anyone. Every person has the right to follow his or her faith. Some people think it is their business to create a controversy,” Nitish said.

He argued that members of a particular faith should act in accordance with their feelings and that they have their own desires that should be honoured.

Nitish Kumar’s comment comes against the backdrop of growing clamour by the BJP demanding ban on use of loudspeakers in mosques in the state.

Janak Ram, BJP leader and minister in the Nitish Kumar government, has been leading the bandwagon of saffron party leaders. BJP demanding a ban on use of loudspeakers in mosques and also want a law to be brought in this regard.

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