“Muslims should understand that their religion (Islam) isn’t bigger than the law,” Raj Thackeray has said on the issue of Muslims blaring azans via loudspeakers five times a day. The Maharashtra Nav Nirman Sena (MNS) chief replayed his ultimatum once again, saying that if loudspeakers were not removed from mosques by 3 May, he would become a law unto hinself.
Speaking on the threat by the Popular Front of India (PFI), the MNS supremo stressed that his party could retaliate in the same manner, but Hindus just want peace.
“We want peace. No one has opposed the offering of prayers. But if you (Muslims) do it on loudspeaker, then we’ll also use loudspeakers for it,” Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s cousin said.
Speaking on the menace of Islam, Raj Thackeray urged Hindus to be patient with him until 3 May, after which his party would install loudspeakers blaring Hanuman Chalisa in full volume in front of mosques that refuse to comply with his demand. “We will play the Hanuman Chalisa as many times they will play offer namaaz or play azaan on loudspeakers,” Raj Thackeray said.
When told that Union Home Minister Amit Shah had said that playing azaan on loudspeakers was not illegal, only the decibel level should be maintained, Raj Thackeray questioned if the mosques have permission to use loudspeakers. The MNS head said, “Just like permission from authorities is needed to use loudspeakers in political rallies and religious processions, do mosques have permission to play azaan on loudspeakers every day?”
“Enough is enough. Muslims should understand that this is not a religious issue, this is a social issue,” Raj Thackeray said.
Menace of Islam in Jahangirpuri, Delhi
Speaking on the Muslim attack on Hindus in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri during a Hanuman Jayanti procession, Raj Thackeray advocated a ‘tit for tat’ policy. “I think that such things should be answered in a similar manner; otherwise, those people will not understand,” he said.