Let Eid be celebrated with joy, do not make aarti: Raj Thackeray tells workers

MNS leader Raj Thackeray, who has issued an ultimatum to remove loudspeakers from Maharashtra mosques by May 4, on Monday called on his party’s workers not to do anything to disrupt the celebrations of the Eid May 3.

MNS leader Raj Thackeray (Picture: File)

Amid the row of loudspeakers, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Raj Thackeray on Monday called on his party workers not to perform aarti or do anything to disrupt the celebrations of the Eid May 3.

He tweeted: “Tomorrow is Eid. I have already talked about it. This holiday of the Muslim community should be celebrated with joy. According to what was decided earlier, do not make aarti on the day of this festival. The issue of loudspeakers is not religious but social.

He added, “I’ll let you know the next step tomorrow via a tweet. For now, that’s it.”

It comes after he told a massive rally in Aurangabad on Sunday that if loudspeakers were not removed from Maharashtra mosques after Eid, he would ensure Hanuman Chalisa was played ‘double power” outside of Muslim religious sites.

Eid is May 3. I don’t want to spoil the festivities. But we won’t listen after May 4th. We will play Hanuman Chalisa with double power if our demands are not met. If you don’t understand our request, we’ll deal with it our way. I will not be silent from May 4th. If the loudspeakers are not removed by then let me show you the strength of Maharashtra,” he said.

Raj Thackeray said he had “no interest in inciting riots” in Maharashtra. “But loudspeakers disrupt public life. A Muslim journalist from Nashik told me that his child had suffered because of loudspeakers in mosques. If Uttar Pradesh can remove loudspeakers, why not the Maharashtra? All are illegal,” he said.

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