Mumbai: Maharashtra BJP leaders have decided to skip the all party meeting being held by the MVA Government. The Government held this meeting amid the growing tensions between the two parties.
The meeting was chaired by Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil, and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar. They held discussions on the ongoing row over the recitation of Hanuman Chalisa and the use of loudspeakers at religious sites in the state.
After the meeting Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray said that it was earlier decided that a delegation will meet the representatives of the central government. They will meet and discuss the issue.
At a press conference along with Aaditya Thackeray, Patil appealed the centre to show up and speak about the issue. He urged to the centre to come up with a law that will be applicable across the nation.
“If the centre makes a national-level rule over loudspeakers, issues won’t come up in the states,” he said.
Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis said that CM Uddhav Thackeray is behind the arrest of MP Navneet Rana and her MLA husband Ravi Rana. They have been arrested because they made an announcement to recite Hanuman Chalisa outside his residence, he said.
“If someone has taken the role of Hitler, we felt it’s better to fight instead of communicating,” he said.
Fadnavis slammed CM Thackeray and said that what is the use of holding all-party meeting if CM himself is not attending.
“Whatever is happening in Mumbai is happening at the behest of the Chief Minister. In such a situation, if the Chief Minister himself is not present in today’s meeting, then what is the use of it?” he said.
“Maharashtra govt wants to crush & kill Opposition. Will Hanuman Chalisa be spoken in Pakistan, if not in Maharashtra? If sedition charges get imposed on Navneet & Ravi Rana, we will all chant Hanuman Chalisa. If the govt has the guts, try charging us with sedition,” Fadnavis added.