Shiv Sena leader and MP Sanjay Raut hit back at former Maharashtra CM and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis. Raut reacted strongly to Fadnavis’ claim that no Shiv Sena leader was present when the structure was demolished in Ayodhya. Raut said the BJP should ask its leaders what was the role of Shiv Sena in demolishing the structure.
Talking to reporters, Raut claimed that the BJP and its ally Maharashtra Navnirman Sena were trying to raise the issues of Hanuman Chalisa and Ayodhya to divert attention from issues like unemployment, inflation and Chinese infiltration.
The Shiv Sena leader said that if anyone says where were the Shiv Sainiks when the Babri Masjid was demolished? (Then) they should ask their leader (Late) Sunder Singh Bhandari where was Shiv Sena. Please investigate the CBI and IB reports of that time. Raut said that those who do not know where the Shiv Sena was at that time, they will get the answer. The situation has changed, so talk about the issues. People will not pay attention to the issues being raised.
Earlier, former CM Fadnavis had attacked Shiv Sena on Sunday, saying that he himself was present in Ayodhya that day. There was no Shiv Sena leader present when the structure was demolished.
I am firm on removing loudspeakers on May 3: Raj Thackeray
On the other hand, while addressing a rally in Aurangabad on Sunday, MNS chief Raj Thackeray announced that he is firm on removing loudspeakers on May 3. He said that through this there is noise from mosques. He also said that Hindus should recite Hanuman Chalisa outside all shrines if loudspeakers are not removed in Maharashtra. Thackeray also said that if the Uttar Pradesh government can remove loudspeakers, then who is stopping the Maharashtra government from doing so?
Who is powering these loudspeakers?
Reacting to this, Raut said that loudspeakers are not the issue, there are other important issues in the city of Mumbai. Taking a jibe, Raut said that people know who is giving electricity to these loudspeakers. This is not Hindutva. Lashing out at the BJP for supporting MNS, Raut said that
The matter of loudspeakers comes under the law department. Raising such an issue is against the unity of the country. Our stand is that people should not be affected because of loudspeakers. We have protested on this issue and after that Supreme Court has issued guidelines.