Raj Thackeray Aurangabad Rally Live News Updates: Amid the ongoing political row in Maharashtra over the use of loudspeakers at religious places of worship, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray will address the much-talked over the issue in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad today. The rally — being held in backdrop of the ultimatum given by Thackeray to remove loudspeakers from mosques by May 3 — is expected to draw a huge turnout.
Thackeray has been praising the Yogi government for pulling down loudspeakers from mosques and has even asked the MVA government in Maharashtra to learn from the UP government. MNS leader Nitin Sardesai, a close confidante of Thackeray, did not rule out the possibility of a tie up between BJP and MNS.
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MNS chief Raj Thackeray addresses rally in Aurangabad amid the ongoing political row over use of loudspeakers at mosques.
Raj Thackeray is expected to reach the stage of the rally shortly. Amit Thackeray is present there already.
Police intercepted 15 Bhim Army activists on their way to Raj Thackeray's rally at Navi Khadki. All the activists, including state president Sitaram Gangawane, have been detained by the police.
Over 3000 policemen have been deployed and additional police officers and staff have been called in from various districts on Saturday.
“8 Deputy Commissioners of Police, 8 ACPs, team of 350 police personnel and 6 units of SRPF have been called from neighboring districts for the rally in Aurangabad. Apart from that, 2,000 police officers and staff will also be deployed in the city for the security. Apart from that 750 CCTVs have been installed all over the city for monitoring,”said Nikhil Gupta, Aurangabad police commissioner.
The MNS will have to walk a tightrope considering the heavy police deployment and the 13 conditions put forward by the Aurangabad police for the rally, including that care should be taken not to hurt the feelings of other religions.
The MNS chief had last month targeted the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government in MVA Maharashtra by demanding that loudspeakers on mosques be removed, and threatened to play the Hanuman Chalisa in front of mosques at louder volume if the demand was not met.