Maharashtra opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis yesterday compared the government of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) to a Babri-like structure and said he would not rest before overthrowing it.
“I will not rest until I have knocked down the Babri-esque structure of your power,” Fadnavis said.
He sang Hanuman Chalisa along with other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) employees at the party’s Mahasankalp Sabha in Mumbai.
“We just chanted Hanuman Chalisa. Would Balasaheb Thackeray ever think that reading Hanuman Chalisa during his son’s reign would be treason and that visiting Aurangzeb’s tomb would be state etiquette?’ said Mr Fadnavis.
“They (Shiv Sena) had a meeting yesterday which they called a master sabha, but when we listened to them, it was more like a laugh sabha… Yesterday it was Kaurava sabha and today it is Pandav sabha,” added to the lord. Fadnavis, who describes Uddhav Thackeray’s rally as a “smile show”.
In a verbal attack on Asaduddin Owaisi, head of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), he said: “Asaduddin Owaisi goes and pays tribute to Aurangzeb on his grave and if you keep seeing that you should be ashamed of yourself.” “Listen to me Owaisi, not even a dog will pee on Aurangzeb’s identity. Saffron will rule in Hindustan.”
A quarrel over Hanuman Chalisa and Azaan has stirred up the political atmosphere in the state.
Recently, Navneet Rana and Ravi Rana were arrested by the Mumbai Police and charged under Sections 124A (Incitement) and 153A (Promoting Enmity between Different Groups) of the Indian Penal Code after declaring that they would recite Hanuman Chalisa outside the house of Uddhav Thackeray in Bandra.
The BJP has come out in support of the Ranas after the Hanuman Chalisa row.
The brawl over loudspeakers started when MNS chief Raj Thackeray issued an ultimatum to the Maharashtra government on April 12 to remove loudspeakers from mosques by May 3, failing which, he warned, MNS staff Hanuman Chalisa will play on loudspeakers. .