Mumbai: A BJP leader in Maharashtra has offered free loudspeakers to play the Hanuman Chalisa in public places, in a recent rightwing campaign against the Azaan, Islamic call to prayers
“Anyone who needs a loudspeaker to install it in a temple can ask us for free! All Hindus should have one voice! Jai Shri Ram! Har Har Mahadev!” Mohit Kamboj, a billionaire bullion trader and among the richest BJP leaders, tweeted.
Kamboj’s offfer comes as the BJP and the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) have intensified a call to ban loudspeakers playing the Azaan from mosques.
According to NDTV report MNS leaders in several parts of Maharashtra have taken to playing the Hanuman Chalisa from loudspeakers after a call-to-arms by Raj Thackeray at a rally in Mumbai over the weekend on the occasion of the Marathi New Year festival Gudi Padwa.
“Timed just ahead of the elections for India’s richest municipal body – the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC – the controversy could help the MNS and the BJP corner the Shiv Sena which rules Maharashtra in alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress,” The NDTV report reads.