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BJP Skips All-Party Meet On Loudspeakers Row In Maharashtra

Bjp skips all-party meet on loudspeakers row in maharashtra

MNS Chief Raj Thackeray also announced that he would not be attending the meeting.

Mumbai:

The Maharashtra BJP leaders today decided to skip the all-party meeting called by the state government to take a final decision over the use of loudspeakers at religious sites.

The meeting, called by Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil, is expected to have discussions on the ongoing row over the recitation of Hanuman Chalisa and the use of loudspeakers.

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Earlier today, a BJP delegation consisting of five party MLAs met the Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla in New Delhi and submitted a detailed report on the attack on former Lok Sabha MP Kirit Somaiya allegedly by Shiv Sena workers in Maharashtra.

“We had a detailed discussion with the Union Home Secretary on the situation in Maharashtra. He assured us that he is looking into the incident and if necessary a special team from Delhi will be sent to Maharashtra,” Mr Somaiya said.

The memorandum submitted by the delegation stated that Mr Somaiya on April 23 was assaulted by 70-80 activists of Shiv Sena at the gate of Khar police station premises in the presence of police personnel

Apart from the BJP, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray also announced that he would not be attending the meeting.

MNS Chief Raj Thackeray had made a strong pitch for removing loudspeakers from mosques earlier this month

Mr Thackeray had said that if the Shiv Sena-led state government did not remove the high-decibel loudspeakers from mosques before May 3, MNS workers will play the Hanuman Chalisa in front of mosques

On Sunday, the Maharashtra Home Minister said efforts were on by some people to create an atmosphere conducive for the imposition of President’s Rule in the state.

He made the comments after the arrest of Independent MP Navneet Rana and her MLA husband Ravi Rana in connection with their announcement to recite Hanuman Chalisa outside the residence of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

An editorial in the Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ claimed the BJP’s “rotten brain” was behind the Rana couple’s earlier call to recite Hanuman Chalisa outside Maharashtra Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s private residence ‘Matoshree’, which resulted in angry protests by Shiv Sainiks.

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