The Shiv Sena, on Monday, blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) “frustrated mind” for the row over plans to chant Hanuman Chalisa outside Matoshree, the residence of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.
In its mouthpiece Saamana, Shiv Sena said that MP Navneet Rana and her MLA husband could have chanted Hanuman Chalisa outside the residence of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla or PM Narendra Modi.”The Rana couple wanted to chant Hanuman Chalisa at a national level. They should’ve instead chanted it at the residences of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, PM Modi, & Union Home Minister Amit Shah,” Saamana said in an editorial.Adding that chanting of Hanuman Chalisa is not banned in Maharashtra, why did they (Amravati MP Navneet Rana & husband MLA Ravi Rana) want to chant it in front of Matoshreee (CM Uddhav Thackeray’s residence)? “BJP’s frustrated mind is behind this,” Saamana said.The duo was arrested and sent to Byculla and Taloja jails after they gave a call for the chanting of Hanuman Chalisa outside the residence of CM Thackeray. The move triggered angry protests from Shiv Sena workers. The police also arrested 13 Shiv Sena workers for allegedly protesting against the Ranas’ residence in Khar, Mumbai. The workers were later released on bail.The police slapped sedition charges against the Rana couple and a case was registered under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc, and doing acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code, and sections 37(1) and 135 of the Bombay Police Act.The political controversy has been brewing in Maharashtra, where Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has warned the state government to silence the loudspeakers in mosques, or, otherwise, threatened to play Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers in front of mosques.