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‘Don’t want social tension during Eid’: Raj Thackeray cancels ‘Maha Aarti’ scheduled for May 3

In a tweet from his official Twitter handle, he also stated that the loudspeaker issue was not a religious matter but a social one, adding that he will inform on Tuesday how he planned to go about it further.

Written by Vallabh Ozarkar | Mumbai |
Updated: May 3, 2022 3:10:54 am
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Stating that he doesn’t wish to create social tensions during the festival of Eid, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray on Monday appealed to his party workers not to perform ‘Maha Aarti’ that was scheduled on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya, which is coinciding with the festival on Tuesday, May 3.

In a tweet from his official Twitter handle, he also stated that the loudspeaker issue was not a religious matter but a social one, adding that he will inform on Tuesday how he planned to go about it further.

This was in departure from Thackeray’s statement at a rally in Aurangabad on Sunday in which he had said that he was firm on his May 3 “deadline” for removal of loudspeakers from mosques. He said all Hindus should play Hanuman Chalisa outside these religious places from May 4 if loudspeakers were not removed.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil said Thackeray’s rally was aimed at creating a divide in the society and indicated legal action against him.

Walse Patil said, “Apart from creating divide in the society, the speech was centered around NCP chief Sharad Pawar as Thackeray had no other issues to speak on. He should have spoken on unemployment, inflation and other issues but the speech was provocative.”

He further said, “The speech was an attempt to create tension in the society and spread hatred. The Aurangabad Police will listen to his speech and decide what is objectionable following which a decision will be taken.” He said Aurangabad police commissioner was looking into “provocative and objectionable content of the speech”.

Walse Patil said a meeting will be held on Tuesday with top officials where a report will be presented on the issue and a call taken accordingly.

Following the rally held at Marathwada Samajik Mandal ground in Aurangabad, the police there have started checking CCTV footage and videos of Thackeray’s speech to check if any of the 16 conditions put before him in lieu of a nod to the rally has been violated.

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“A report on the same will be sent to senior officials for further action,” said a police officer.

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