Kasganj : In Uttar Pradesh’s Kasganj district, a new dimension came to the fore in the ongoing loudspeaker controversy on Friday with the addition of loudspeakers from temples to play bhajans and Hanuman Chalisa. In Patiali area of Kasganj, Hindu activists put up loudspeakers in response to the call for prayers through the loudspeakers of the mosque. Religious rituals continued throughout the day.
Hindutva activist Nitin Chaturvedi said that he opposed the vehement call for prayer several times without any success, resulting in the drastic step. “My shop is right in front of the mosque, and prayers are held five times a day. If you are talking to someone, the loudspeaker will muffle your voice. People have protested many times, but there is no solution to the problem. Seeing this, Chaturvedi said, “We have brought loudspeakers in the temples of Patiali and will soon add it to other temples in the region as well.”
This issue has been raised earlier in both Karnataka and Maharashtra. Addressing the issue, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said that the government only wanted to follow the order of the Karnataka High Court in this regard when it was talking of banning the use of loudspeakers in mosques. Meanwhile, a tug of war is going on in Maharashtra for the last few weeks between Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.