Wading in the row of speakersChief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar said on Saturday there was no question of removing them from places of worship and added that the Bihar government would not interfere with any religious practice.
He also called the controversy around the use of loudspeakers in places of worship “nonsense”.
Speaking to reporters at Purnea, where he launched the country’s first new grain-based ethanol plant, Nitish said: “Yeh fizul ki baat hai. Bihar me humlog kisi bhi dharm ke maamle mein hastakshep nahi karte hain. Sabhi ko apna dharm maanne ka pura adhikar hai (This is nonsense. In Bihar we do not interfere in the affairs of anyone’s religion. Everyone is free to profess and follow their religion).
The statement by the Chief Minister of Bihar comes shortly after the Yogi Adityanath government’s decision in neighboring Uttar Pradesh to remove loudspeakers from religious venues in order to “limit noise pollution”. The BJP is also backing MNS leader Raj Thackeray and other loudspeaker opponents in Maharashtra in a bid to embarrass the Shiv Sena led by Uddhav Thackeray, who under the late Bal Thackeray was one of the first supporters of the removal of loudspeakers in places of worship. especially mosques.
Some Bihar BJP leaders including Minister of State Janak Ram supported the UP government’s decision. He had said on Friday: “The UP government has made the decision to remove the speakers to reduce noise pollution. He went through rules.
JD(U) minister and Janak Ram’s ministerial colleague, Ashok Kumar Choudhary, quickly retaliated, saying, “There is no need to bring down loudspeakers in religious places. There are other ways to reduce noise pollution.
Although this was seen as another example of the leaders of the alliance partners taking revenge, Deputy Chief Minister Tarkishore Prasad of the BJP tried to downplay the matter saying that the NDA in Bihar is also “more stronger than ever.”
On Nitish’s remarks to Purnea, a JD(U) leader said on Saturday, “Nitish Kumar has never compromised on issues of religious harmony. He often talks about the three Cs: Crime, Corruption and Communalism. The state government has also cracked down on those who try to disturb communal harmony during the recent Ramnavami processions. »