Breaking silence on the Hanuman Chalisa controversy, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday said there is no problem in reciting Hanuman Chalisa at his home but ‘dadagiri’ will not be tolerated. In this case, Maharashtra Police has registered an FIR against Independent MP Navneet Rana and her MLA husband Ravi Rana.
Mumbai Breaking silence on the Hanuman Chalisa controversy, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday said there is no problem in reciting Hanuman Chalisa at his home but ‘dadagiri’ will not be tolerated. In this case, Maharashtra Police has registered an FIR against Independent MP Navneet Rana and her MLA husband Ravi Rana. Without naming the BJP, Shiv Sena president Thackeray took a jibe at the BJP and claimed that those who taught him Hindutva were hiding in a “rat bill” when the Babri Masjid was demolished.
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He said, “If you want to read ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ at my house, come. But come in the right way,” Thackeray said at the launch of the ‘National Common Mobility Card’ (NCMC) at the BEST headquarters here, “But if you want to come from Dadagiri, Balasaheb taught us how to do Dadagiri. Referring to Lord Hanuman, he said that Shiv Sena’s Hindutva is ‘gadadhari’, while the opponents’ Hindutva is ‘ghantadhari’. Amravati MP Navneet Rana and her husband MLA Ravi Rana were arrested on Saturday.
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He had spoken of reading Hanuman Chalisa outside Thackeray’s private residence ‘Matoshree’ in Mumbai. This angered the Shiv Sainiks. The Rana couple later withdrew their call and cited Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stay in Mumbai for an event. Earlier in the day, senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis had said that if reading Hanuman Chalisa is sedition then “we are all ready to commit this crime”. erected. He said, “I should ask those who teach Hindutva about their contribution towards Hindutva. When Babri (mosque) was demolished, you were hiding in a rat’s bill.
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