A top official of the Pune MNS, who disagreed with party chief Raj Thackeray over the subsequent attack on Azan from a loudspeaker over a mosque on Monday, said he would stay with the party as his suspicions were completely clear. Basant More, who was the head of MNS’s Pune unit, said he had met Thackeray during the day and was “100 per cent” satisfied with the discussions.
“All my doubts have been dispelled. Mr. Raj has asked me to attend tomorrow’s public meeting in Thane. He said that all the questions will be answered in the assembly. I am 100 percent satisfied. I have been saying since day one that I am with MNS and will be with MNS, he said. Thackeray said during his Gudi Padwa rally at Shivaji Park here on April 2 that he would stand with Hanuman Chalisa against the call to prayer from the loudspeaker above the mosque.
Further, at the time, he said he needed an inclusive approach and that would mean it would be difficult to implement Thackeray’s directives in his civic ward. Moore, whose term expired a few weeks ago, represents the Pune Civic Ward with a large Muslim population.
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