Raising an old demand of the general population of the country troubled by noise pollution, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a national policy on the use of loudspeakers. He asked for the implementation of the policy in Gujarat and other NDA-ruled states as well as Delhi. This comes days after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray demanded that loudspeakers be removed from mosques in Maharashtra.
Raut said in Mumbai today, “On behalf of my party, I appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make a national policy on the use of loudspeakers and first implement it in states like Bihar, Delhi and Gujarat. After this, Shiv Sena will naturally follow this policy, as it is bound to follow the law of the land,” he said.
The Shiv Sena leader said further, “Your people are creating controversy over the use of loudspeakers; so there is a need for a national policy.” He said that loudspeakers had not been removed in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh so far.
The Shiv Sena MP said the union government had formulated a national policy on the ban on cow slaughter, but the northeastern states and Goa were given exemption as chief ministers of these states opposed the ban on cow slaughter. Where is the national policy regarding this?” he asked.
Meanwhile, the DGP of Maharashtra has directed the police to strictly follow the guidelines of the Supreme Court and the laws on loudspeaker use. The Supreme Court’s guidelines are that loudspeakers should not be used from 10 PM to 6 AM.
As many as 72% of mosques in Mumbai have stopped using loudspeakers for broadcasting the morning azan or prayer, police sources said on 19 April. The development comes amid MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s demand that loudspeakers on mosques in Maharashtra be removed by 3 May and the resultant political controversy. While 72% of mosques have stopped using loudspeakers for morning prayer, many others have reduced the volume of loudspeakers, a police official told news agency PTI.
The first azan of the day is offered at 5 AM.