‘Nautanki’: Sanjay Raut says no illegal loudspeaker in Maharashtra as Raj Thackeray presses on with his plan

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said there are no illegal loudspeakers in Maharashtra and no protests were being held over the issue on Wednesday.

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut reacted to MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s May 3 ultimatum on the use of loudspeakers in Maharashtra. (Image: File photo)

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut called MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s May 3 ultimatum on the use of loudspeakers in Maharashtra a drama and said, “There are no illegal loudspeakers in Maharashtra. Therefore, there is complete peace in the state.”

There is no protest in Maharashtra today…It was a one-day nautanki [drama]. Raat gayi, baat gayi,” Sanjay Raut was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.

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“Those who left Balasaheb during his lifetime should not take his name now. Balasaheb and Vir Savarkar are the only two people who teach the lesson of Hindutava in the country. Other degrees on Hindutava are fake,” Sanjay Raut said.

Sanjay Raut’s statement came after Raj Thackeray asked his supporters to play Hanuman Chalisa where the loudspeakers let out azaan on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Raj Thackeray said, “I appeal to all Hindus...if you hear the loudspeakers blaring with azaan; in those very places, play the Hanuman Chalisa on the loudspeakers! That’s when they will realise the hindrance of these loudspeakers!”

On Wednesday, Raj Thackeray shared a video of Bal Thackeray wherein the latter can be heard speaking against the use of loudspeakers.

In the video, Bal Thackeray was heard saying in Marathi, “The day my government comes into power in Maharashtra, [the offering of] namaz will stop on roads. Religion should not come in the way of any development. If any Hindu rituals are coming in the way of developments, we will look into that as well. Loudspeakers at the mosque will be removed.

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