On Tuesday, Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil said no one should make a statement that would create communal chaos, adding that police were keeping a close watch on the situation. Walse Patil made the remarks in response to a question about MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s recent pitch to turn off high-decibel loudspeakers at the mosque.
Speaking at a rally in Mumbai’s Shivaji Park on Saturday, Thackeray further said that if such steps were not taken, loudspeakers would be set up outside mosques to play more Hanuman Chalisa.
Thackeray’s position was supported by BJP activist Mohit Kamboj who offered to fund the installation of loudspeakers in the temple to play ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ and demanded removal of illegal loudspeakers from the mosque. “The Home Office’s view is that no one will act in a way that divides the community,” Patil told reporters at Wallace.
Asked about the demand to file a case against the MNS president, Walse Patil said it would be examined and further action would be taken accordingly. “I told the assembly that some parties were trying to create divisions in the community by making provocative statements. This is not right for the unity and communal harmony of Maharashtra and the country, “he added.
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