New Delhi: A leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Mumbai wants to “sing prayers of all religions” outside Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s house if it reduces “inflation, unemployment and famine”.
NCP leader Sharad Pawar’s colleague Fahmida Hasan Khan has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah asking for permission to read namaz, hanuman chalisa, Jainism prayers navkar mantra, the recitations of Guru Granth Sahib and the novena of Christian prayers in front of Modi’s house.
I asked HM Amit Shah for permission to sing prayers of all religions outside Prime Minister Modi’s residence. If Hindutva, Jainism rises for the benefit of the country to reduce inflation, unemployment, famine, I would like to do it : NCP Mumbai North District Working Pres Fahmida Hasan Khan pic.twitter.com/QN4rtOheiJ
— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2022
Khan’s petition comes after a couple of Independent MPs were arrested in Mumbai on Saturday when they made a call to sing the hanuman chalisa outside the private home of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, “Matoshree”, this which drew angry protests from Shiv Sainiks.
Khan’s NCP is an ally of the ruling coalition led by Thackeray.
The Ranas of Amravati are followers of yoga guru Ramdev, according to reports, and lead the Yuva Swabhiman Party.
The couple – slapped with a sedition charge – were taken into police custody for seven days on Sunday and are being held in separate prisons in Maharashtra.
They were also charged with sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and committing acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony ) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. Code and sections 37(1) and 135 of the Bombay Police Act.
A raging controversy over religious songs continues in the state after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Raj Thackeray gave the government an ultimatum to remove loudspeakers from all mosques by May 3.
The ruling Maha Vikas Agadhi called a multi-party meeting on Monday to resolve the loudspeaker issue.
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