“Had No Problem With Loudspeakers During…”: Raut

Mumbai: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut slammed Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray unabated political drama over the use of loudspeakers at religious places, which started with his comments. He said that when Former CM of Maharashtra Vilasrao Deshmukh, and Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis were in power at that time he had no issues with loudspeakers and now when Uddhav government is ruling he has problem with loudspeakers at mosques.

 “Politics is being done everywhere about loudspeakers and some old videos of Balasaheb’s views on loudspeakers in mosques are also being shared. Why was this question never raised in 50 years when Vilasrao Deshmukh, Prithviraj Chavan and Devendra Fadnavis were chief ministers?” Raut asked on Thursday.

“He (Raj Thackeray) had no problem with loudspeakers during that time, but he has this issue now, because his brother (Uddhav Thackeray) is the chief minister of Maharashtra,” he further added.

The MNS chief came in spotlight again this week after a case was filed against his rally in Aurangabad on Sunday. 

He also shared an old video of Sena founder Bal Thackeray. In the video, the Sena founder can be heard addressing a gathering in Marathi against the use of loudspeakers at religious places. He had promised to remove loudspeakers from mosques.

The MNS leader’s post came as was on high alert for his deadline on Tuesday, while India celebrated Eid. He made a controversial appeal later in an open letter after police action. “I appeal to all Hindus that tomorrow, the 4th of May, if you hear the loudspeaker blaring with azaan; in those places, play Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers. That’s when they will realise the hindrance of these loudspeakers.”

Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi targeted Raj Thackeray for invoking the Sena founder amid the controversy.

“The original. For all the cheap copies, a lesson: People who copy will always be not just one step, but several steps behind,” Chaturvedi tweeted on Thursday along with a video clip of Bal Thackeray.

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