Thousands of Hindutva activists hold anti-Islam, anti-Muslims rallies in Maharashtra

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After over 30 rallies across Maharashtra, the Sakal Hindu Samaj, an umbrella body of Hindu organisations, held the Mumbai chapter of the Hindu Jan Aakrosh Morcha, amid anti-Islam slogans and calls for laws against religious conversions and ‘love jihad’, and a boycott of goods from shops owned by Muslim community members.

The event was attended by several top party leaders and members of the Maharashtra government, including BJP MLA and the party’s Mumbai president Ashish Shelar, BJP MP from Mumbai North Gopal Shetty, BJP MP from Mumbai North East Manoj Kotak, Pravin Darekar, BJP secretary Vinod Shelar, and Sheetal Mhatre, former corporator and now member of Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena.

Last week, Maharashtra Minister for Women and Child Development Mangal Prabhat Lodha had urged Mumbaikars to join the rally in large numbers. The rally, which started from Shivaji Park in Dadar, saw the participants walking around 2.7 kilometers through Central Mumbai until Kamgar Maidan in Prabhadevi.

According to estimates of the Mumbai police, approximately 10,000 to 12,000 Hindutva activists participated in the rally.

The Hindu Jan Aakrosh Morcha had started with a massive rally in Parbhani district in the Marathwada region in November last year. Activists shouted slogans against Muslims and Islam in the garb of “love jihad”, and demanded anti-conversion laws.

BJP MLA Shelar, who was present at the rally, threatened the Muslims and said, “The government will take a decision at the right time (on love jihad, land jihad). But the anger of the society is coming out now, and in a disciplined manner in the form of these protests.”

Addressing the crowd at Kamgar Maidan, where the rally ended, T Raja Singh, MLA and suspended BJP leader, while urging Hindus to boycott goods from shops run by members of the Muslim community, said, “It is time the Hindu community stands up against the domination by these people. There’s anger in the hearts and minds of people… Our sisters and daughters are falling prey to the systematic designs of the other community.”

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