Recite Hanuman Chalisa but don’t do dadagiri, or else…: Uddhav Thackeray

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday, April 25, said playing Hanuman Chalisa is not a problem as he strictly warned against ‘dadagiri’.

Speaking for the first time on the ongoing political whirlpool in his state over the recitation of Hanuman Chalisa, the chief minister said, “If you want to recite Hanuman Chalisa, do it by coming home. But there is a way. Don’t do dadagiri. If you do that, Balasaheb has taught us how to deal with dadagiri.”

“We follow gada-dhaari hindutva and not ghanta-dhari hindutva,” Thackeray said, adding, “I will hold a rally soon and will deal with everyone there. These are weak Hindutvawadis with their fake neo-Hinduism. There is an ongoing competition among them to prove whose shirt is saffron than mine,” the chief minister said in what seemed like an apparent attack on his cousin Raj Thackeray party’s MNS and his former ally, the BJP. The two parties have been trying to corner the Sena over its alliance with the Congress and the NCP – parties with polar ideologies.

The controversy erupted with MNS chief Raj Thackeray giving an ultimatum to the Maharashtra government over loudspeakers at mosques. Unless this demand is met by May 3, MNS workers will play the Hanuman Chalisa near mosques to drown the azaan, Raj Thackeray had said.

The BJP, too, threw its support behind MNS, attacking its former ally over the issue. Shiv Sena has, since its inception, been identified as a right-wing political group whose ideology is in line with that of the BJP.

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Further, the CM announced that he would hold a rally soon and put an end to this controversy. “I will hold a rally soon, and put an end to this issue,” he said.

Thackeray said, “They are weak Hindutvawadis. This is a fake neo-Hinduism. There is a competition between them to see whose shirt is more saffron.”

He questioned their silence during Babri Masjid demolition and said it was the court’s decision to build Ram temple. “What kind of a Hindutvawadi are you? You went into hiding during the Babri Masjid demolition. The court took the decision to build Ram temple,” Thackeray said.

He said, “Some people have acidity in their stomach. They don’t have work, it’s their job to play drums. I don’t give them importance.”


MP Navneet Rana, her husband Ravi Rana, had announced that they planned to chant the Hanuman Chalisa outside the residence of Uddhav Thackeray. They arrived in Mumbai on Friday morning.

Since then, Shiv Sena workers gathered at various locations in Mumbai, including Matoshree, daring the Rana couple to venture near Matoshree. On Saturday evening, Ravi Rana and Navneet Rana were arrested by Khar Police. They have been remanded into 14-days judicial custody.

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