Mumbai | Jagran Press Office: Amid ongoing controversy over Azaan and rising communal tensions in the state, Maharashtra’s Home Ministry said on Monday that the use of loudspeakers at religious sites would only be permitted with the appropriate authorization. He said the state Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil will also hold a meeting with the Director General of Maharashtra Police (DGP) and issue an order in this regard.
“All religious places have been ordered to take permission to use loudspeakers by May 3. After May 3, if anyone is found violating the order, prosecution Legal action will be taken against offenders,” Nashik Police Commissioner Deepak Pandey said, as reported by ANI news agency.
What is the controversy surrounding the use of loudspeakers at religious sites?
Controversy over the use of loudspeakers at religious sites began in the state after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Raj Thackeray warned against playing Hanuman Chalisa outside mosques. He also urged Uddhav Thackeray’s government to remove loudspeakers from mosques.
“Remove the loudspeakers or place loudspeakers in front of the mosque and play Hanuman Chalisa,” the MNS chief warned.
Although Raj Thackeray received minor support from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), his remarks were widely criticized by the ruling Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). The Maha Vikas Aghadi government, which also includes the Congress, has also alleged the BJP’s hand behind demands to remove loudspeakers from mosques.
“The demand to remove loudspeakers from mosques and the recitation of Hanuman Chalisa is part of an effort to create communal hatred to overthrow the MVA government by the BJP in collaboration with the MNS,” the Sena MP had alleged. , Sanjay Raut.
However, Raj Thackeray had defended his remarks. Emphasizing that the MNS does not want to disturb the peace in India, he said Muslims must understand that ‘religion is not above the law and the country’, asking them to remove loudspeakers from mosques .
“We don’t want riots in Maharashtra. No one has objected to the offering of prayers. We want the loudspeakers which are installed in mosques and which are illegal across the country to be removed. If you do it on loudspeaker, then we will use loudspeakers for that as well. Muslims need to understand that religion is not greater than law. After May 3, I will see what to do,” he said. -he declares.
Why did the Maharashtra government restrict the use of loudspeakers at religious sites?
Although it is unclear why Maharashtra has restricted the use of loudspeakers at religious sites despite criticism from Raj Thackeray, it could have taken the step to avoid communal clashes in the state.
Here, it is worth mentioning that communal clashes have erupted in several parts of India including Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Jharkhand, raising concerns among the authorities.
However, the Maharashtra government has said it is fully prepared to deal with such a crisis. On Monday, Mumbai police said a “Social Media Lab” had also been activated to monitor posts that could stoke communal tensions in the state.
“So far, 3,000 such posts have been deleted,” he said in a statement.