In view of the strong warning by the state Home Department of stern action, MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Monday backtracked from his announcement of holding maha aartis across the state on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya on Tuesday, which coincides with Ramzan Eid.
Raj appealed to party workers not to perform maha Aartis on May 3.
He tweeted, “Tomorrow (Tuesday) is Eid. I have already spoken about it at the Aurangabad (Sambhajinagar) rally. This festival of the Muslim community must be celebrated with happiness. As discussed, please do not play maha aartis on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya as we do not want to hamper the celebrations of any religion. Loudspeakers are a social issue and not a religious one and I will spell out further course of action regarding the same through my next tweet.”
The Mumbai Police have issued restraining notices to MNS workers who had applied for permission for maha aartis at their local temples across the state on May 3 using loudspeakers.
Also, the Thane Police have banned illegal gatherings, chanting, singing, playing of musical instruments, use of unlicensed loudspeakers, rallies, processions and gatherings within 200mt of religious places till June 27.