In Uttar Pradesh, play Hanuman Chalisa to counter Azaan

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Lucknow: Amid protests by Hindu groups against the use of Azaan loudspeakers in mosques, the student wing of the ruling BJP has announced its decision to recite Hanuman Chalisa in public places.

In Varanasi, the Kashi Vishwanath Gyanwapi Mukti Andolan, a radical Hindu group, has sworn to recite Hanuman Chalisa five times a day, at Azaan time.

The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the BJP, has in turn requested permission from the Aligarh administration to recite Hanuman Chalisa over loudspeakers at busy intersections and in public places. .

ABVP even sent an official request to the Aligarh district administration listing the 21 busy crossing points where the activity can be undertaken.

Aligarh Additional District Magistrate (ADM), Rakesh Patel, confirmed that he had received such a request and said he was looking into the legalities.

Former ABVP State Secretary Baldeo Chaudhury said he was waiting for the green light from the district administration in this regard. He said if permission is denied, the organization would consider what to do next.

Meanwhile, in Varanasi, the Kashi Vishwanath Gyanwapi Mukti Andolan has already started reciting Hanuman Chalisa five times a day at Azaan time.

The leader of this outfit, Sudhir Singh, said that a request has been made to all people of Varanasi to start the day with a recital of Hanuman Chalisa.

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Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2022, 11:29 PM IST

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