Pune: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray on Friday questioned the use of loudspeaker for Azaan and advised the Muslims to offer prayers at home so that nobody is disturbed.
Thackeray, while addressing a gathering of party workers on the occasion of Guru Purnima said, "I always ask the Muslims, why they need loudspeakers for Azaan? Whom do they want to show? If they want to offer Namaz do it at home, why on roads?"
The MNS chief also pitched for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya but after the General Elections in 2019, according to ANI.
Reacting to the protest called by the Maratha Kranti Morcha, Thackeray supported the idea for giving reservation on the basis of 'economic criteria' instead of caste.
"If reservation is given on the basis of one caste then after some time another caste will come forward," he said while condemning former Prime Minister V. P. Singh for introducing the caste based reservation on the recommendations of Mandal Commission.
Thackeray also questioned the government's attitude towards the central institutions saying, "If all the governments are positive towards private institutions and not their own then how will people get the reservation for education."
"Union Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot, said in that employment in government institutions has reduced and same has been increased in private institutions. If this is the case then what are the people fighting for," he asked.
There is a difference of opinion about using loudspeakers for Azaan - call to prayers five times in a day, even among the Muslim community. Back in 2014, few Mumbai Muslims had expressed concerns over the rising misuse of loudspeakers from mosque minarets, some even suggesting that loudspeakers were actually defeating the purpose for which the muezzins call out to the faithful for mandatory prayers.
"Azaan is mandatory to namaz, not the use of loudspeakers. Azaan should be sonorous and easy on the ears. If loudspeakers are inconveniencing fellow citizens, I would say the mosques should remove them before the police take action," Dr Mohammad Ali Patankar said.
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