‘Not pressured.. is a court order’: Karnataka CM on loudspeaker use amid Azaan row | Latest News India

Bommai additional clarified: “It is not only for azaan, it is for all loudspeakers. So, we will take a call.”

Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday spoke on the use of loudspeakers amid a debate over the Azaan row that began in neighbouring Maharashtra final week. A day after Karnataka minister KS Eshwarappa stated “a solution should be found to address the concerns over the use of loudspeakers in mosques in the state”, the chief minister on Tuesday instructed reporters: “This is a high court order. It’s not forced. Everything has to be done by talking and explaining to people.”

He additional clarified: “It is not only for azaan, it is for all loudspeakers. So, we will take a call.” Last year, the excessive court had curbed the use of loudspeakers in spiritual locations.

Eshwarappa on Monday was reacting to MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s feedback on the use of loudspeakers in mosques, which have sparked a row, when he stated: “The makes an attempt by Raj Thackeray or Sri Rama Sene towards the use of loudspeakers at mosques need to be naturally achieved by taking the Muslim neighborhood into confidence. There have been complaints for a very long time that it disturbs college students and sufferers throughout morning and night hours.”

Raj Thackeray last week said he is not against any religion but his party workers will play Hanuman Chalisa in front of mosques if the state government does not remove loudspeakers outside mosques. 

But other Maharashtra leaders did not support his comments. “People thought it was a BJP occasion. The regulation of the land prevails in Maharashtra. The dwelling minister will do the whole lot as per the regulation,” ruling Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Maharashtra Minister Dilip Patel also took a balanced view of the situation and said that “some individuals have been making an attempt to create a divide within the society.”

However, Eshwarappa’s comments were sharper. “This is not a competition for us to play Hanuman Chalisa loudly on speakers to counter them. I have no objections to you (Muslims) offering prayer but because of your using loudspeakers, if prayers are offered at temples and churches also in a similar way, it will lead to conflict between communities.”

Karnataka is already coping with a controvery over hijabs after headscarves – worn by women and girls of Muslim neighborhood – have been banned in lecture rooms. This had sparked a nationwide debate.

(With inputs from ANI) 

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