As Hindutva groups mount their campaign against loudspeakers in mosques, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Monday that the Supreme Court’s directives would be implemented in a “cordial” manner. His statement came after Sri Rama Sene and other right-wing groups played Hanuman Chalisa and other devotional hymns to “counter” the azaan sounded in mosques early in the morning.
After holding a meeting with the general managers of zilla panchayats, they said, “There is a Supreme Court order on the issue of the use of loudspeakers in public places. The Union Government issued an order in accordance with the recommendations of the Central Pollution Control Board. It clearly specifies locations and decibel levels for the use of loudspeakers in public places. In 2002, the government of Karnataka issued an ordinance to implement this ordinance. We have decided to implement the order of the Supreme Court, the orders of the Union and State governments in this regard.
Former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Tuesday alleged that the BJP and Congress were luring his party leaders from the former Mysuru region, where his JD(S) party has a strong presence, with the aim of “ finish” the regional outfit, and says they won’t make it.
Slamming those who accuse JD(S) of ‘family politics’, he claimed his father HD Deve Gowda, the former PM and other family members took several ‘risks’ for the regional party’s survival .