Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asserted that till loudspeakers are not banned in every place of worship, the Kanwar yatra will continue in the usual way. The CM said when officers apprised him about the use of microphones, DJs and music systems during the Kanwar yatra, he told them to ensure that no sound emanates from any place of worship. Adityanath further said that he had asked the administration whether such a ban could be enforced, according to Indian Express report. The Chief Minister has also categorically said that he has no right to stop the celebration of Janmashtami at police stations if he cannot stop the offering of Namaz on roads during Eid.
He was speaking at an event organized by the Prerna Jansanchar Evam Shidh Sansthan, Noida and Lucknow Jansanchar Evam Patrakarita Sansthan. On the use of loud speakers during the Kanwar Yatra, Yogi wondered if this was a Kanwar yatra or a funeral procession. (Maine kaha ki ye kanwar yatra hai ya shav yatra? Arrey, woh kanwar yatra mein baaje nahin bajayenge, damru nahin bajega, dhol nahin bajega, chimte nahin bajenge, log nachenge-gayenge nahin, mike nahi bajega to woh yatra kanwar yatra kaise hogi,” he said.) “If they don’t play music and drums, don’t dance and sing, don’t use the mike, how will it be a Kanwar yatra, Yogi was quoted as saying by IE.
CM Adityanath also underlined that everyone has the right to celebrate festivals in the country. “You have the right to celebrate Christmas and no one will stop you doing so in India,” Adityanath said, adding, “the celebration has to be in compliance with law and order.”
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CM Adityanath also accused the erstwhile Samajwadi Party government of banning the celebration of Janmashtami at police stations and police lines in the state. The CM said he was of the belief that “prayers and kirtan may bring improvement in the police system”.