‘You went into hiding…’: Uddhav Thackeray tears into BJP, MNS over Babri demolition


Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chairperson Uddhav Thackeray, in an apparent attack on his cousin Raj Thackeray’s party MNS and his former ally, the BJP, on Monday said that they had gone into hiding during the Babri Masjid demolition.

Thackeray questioned the “BJP’s silence” during the Babri Masjid demolition and said the court decided to build the Ram temple. “What kind of a Hindutvawadi are you? You went into hiding during the Babri Masjid demolition. The court decided to build the Ram mandir,” he said.

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The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party have been trying to corner the Sena over its alliance with the Congress and the NCP — parties with polar ideologies.

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

“We follow gada-dhaari [mace-wielding] hindutva and not ghanta-dhari [bell-holding] 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.

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This is the first time that CM Uddhav Thackeray responded to the controversy that 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 sound of Azaan, Raj Thackeray had said. The BJP threw its support behind MNS, attacking its former ally over the issue.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Director General of Police has issued instructions to strictly enforce the law and Supreme Court guidelines on loudspeakers. Following the controversy around loudspeakers, Mumbai Police carried out a survey of mosques in the city. They found that around 70% of mosques did not use loudspeakers or used them at low volume for Azaan around 5 am. As per Supreme Court guidelines, the use of loudspeakers is not allowed from 10 pm to 6 am.

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The DGP also instructed unit commanders to allow loudspeakers between 6 am and 10 pm with permission from the police. A special squad is likely to be formed soon to monitor noise levels from loudspeakers. Mumbai Police is also preparing to prevent any law and order issues.

Read the full article at: indiatoday.in

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