Nashik, May 20 (). Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray on Saturday said it was not right to break the century-old tradition of Muslims offering incense at the famous Yambakeshwar temple here.
Raj Thackeray, former chief minister and cousin of Shiv Sena (UBT) president Uddhav Thackeray, said, “It is a hundred years old practice… It is not right to break it, traditions should not be stopped…
Along with this, he also warned that outsiders should not interfere in this. The local people have to decide in this matter.
Raj Thackeray, who is on a two-day visit to the city, said, “Let the local villagers take the decision… Does anyone want riots over this?” We must speak up when things go wrong.
Criticizing the incident in which some Muslims participating in the annual Urs of Hazrat Peer Syed Gulab Shahwali Baba Dargah on the night of May 13-14 were prevented from offering incense sticks at the entrance of the temple, Thackeray said that such an age-old ritual should not be interrupted or abolished. should not be done. The matter should be resolved through discussion.
He wondered what was the problem if someone was merely following old traditions. He said, is our (Hindu) religion so weak that it will make any difference if someone comes there.
Thackeray also pointed fingers at the social media for exaggerating such things, spreading misinformation and said that the police should ensure that there is no violence over such things.
He said, there are many temples and mosques or dargahs where Hindus and Muslims have been visiting since ages.. I have visited many mosques and many of our Muslim brothers also come to temples.. People live and grow up in mixed areas. , but there has been no problem…
However, he said that one should speak up when things are going wrong and cited his campaign against loudspeakers in mosques in the last two years and the construction of an alleged illegal island in the Arabian Sea near Mahim Dargah (Mumbai) which was demolished in March. was done.
Earlier Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole, Working President M.A. Naseem Khan and others, met Additional Director General of Police Sanjay Saxena and demanded action against those making inflammatory, hate speeches as directed by the Supreme Court.
A meeting of villagers with all political parties and trustees of Yambakeshwar Temple and Dargah on May 17 voted for peace in the area, which was appreciated by various opposition parties.
‘Soon after alleged clashes following an incident of alleged trespass at a temple in Yambakeshwar, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had ordered an SIT probe into the matter.