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After Uttar Pradesh, loudspeaker issue intensifies in Rajasthan

Rajasthan BJP has promised to “remove loudpseakers if voted to power during the 2023 Assembly elections.”

Dr Satish Poonia (File photo)

After a ban on loudspeakers in Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has shifted its focus to Rajasthan, where it has promised similar action if voted to power during the 2023 Assembly elections.

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh had, as per the information, removed 37,000 loudspeakers and reduced the volume of 55,000 loudspeakers outside both temples and mosques.

“We will also have (loudspeakers) removed (if) we come (to power in Rajasthan),” Dr Satish Poonia, the BJP state president, stated.

The ruling Congress slammed the BJP, saying that the party indulges in politics of divide and rule.

“These people should be ashamed of themselves. They indulge in the politics of communalism, of dividing Hindus and Muslims along religious lines, because they have nothing else to show. They do not have any answers for price rises, for an increase in the prices of petrol and diesel, for unemployment, and that is why they indulge in such politics of polarization,” Pratap Singh Khachariyawas, a state cabinet minister, told India Today.

In the past, too, Congress has accused the BJP of indulging in communal politics. Last month, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot launched a scathing attack on the BJP. Gehlot had linked BJP national president JP Nadda’s visit to the Karauli riots and claimed that the party had completely gotten into election mode.

He also alleged that Nadda’s Rajasthan visit was indicative that riots could happen and tensions could be created.


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