Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday dismissed the controversy round the usage of loudspeakers at locations of worship, asserting that his authorities doesn’t intrude in non secular practices.
Talking to reporters on this distant north Bihar district on the sidelines of a operate, Mr Kumar reacted to the controversy with barely hid distaste.
“Let us not talk about this nonsense. It is known to all that in Bihar we do not interfere in religious practices of any sort. Of course, some people think it is their business to make a fuss and they keep at it,” he mentioned.
His remarks got here shut on the heels of calls for by BJP leaders within the state that Bihar comply with the “Yogi model” of adjoining Uttar Pradesh the place hundreds of loudspeakers have just lately been faraway from locations of worship, citing well being hazards posed by excessive decibel sounds.
Mr Kumar’s averment could also be seen as an oblique snub to BJP leaders like Janak Ram, his cupboard colleague, who had on Friday asserted that the crackdown “in the largest state of the country (UP)” was certain to affect Bihar.
The chief minister, a socialist, has tried to keep up an ideological stance distinct from the BJP however his alliance with the saffron occasion that dates again to the Nineteen Nineties.
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