MNS chief Raj Thackeray, whose newfound Hindutva does not appear to have takers, attacked the Uddhav Thackeray government of Maharashtra on the loudspeaker controversy and alleged that the state government had “made AIMIM a bigger party”. The MNS chief, believed to be close to NCP head Sharad Pawar, urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring a uniform civil code and law for population control.
While addressing a rally in Pune, Raj Thackeray announced that he will undergo surgery for hip bone on 1 June. The announcement comes after his Ayodhya visit, scheduled for 5 June, was recently cancelled.
“Two days ago, I tweeted about postponing my Ayodhya visit. I intentionally gave the statement to allow everyone to give their reactions. Those who were against my Ayodhya visit were trying to trap me, but I decided not to fall into this controversy,” Raj Thackeray said while addressing the crowd. He urged the prime minister to change the name of Aurangabad to Sambhajinagar.
Before the rally, the police had laid down several guidelines which have to be followed during the public rally. Officials said that the city police had listed 13 conditions, which needed to be followed, failing which legal action would be taken.
The instructions issued by the Swargate police station dictate that Raj Thackeray’s speech must not insult any community or result in ill-will among people. Meanwhile, the police force has been deployed at Ganesh Kala Krida Manch hours before the event, where Raj Thackeray will speak.
The police have limited the number of people attending the event at the auditorium and said that the noise norms laid down by the Supreme Court have to be complied with completely.
MNS Pune President Sainath Babar said that they are expecting 10,000-15,000 people to attend the rally today. The police letter said further that no person would carry weapons to the rally scheduled to take place at Ganesh Kala Krida Manch.